National Geographic : 1952 Dec
854 In Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, Shafts of Light Fall Like a Benediction The fortresslike church covers the grotto revered as the place where the Christ Child was born in a stable. Little altered for centuries, the edifice stands as an example of early Christian architecture. Monks of several sects tend the church (opposite). In the last century they contended so bitterly over custody of the various shrines that Turkish authorities separated them with lines of demarcation and arrested trespassers. Arabs now guard this Christian spot, for Bethlehem lies in Arab Jordan. Here a Greek Orthodox priest looks into the south transept, where a ruined mosaic shows Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.