The Door of Humility

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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05/23/2023
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Bethlehem , Church of the Nativity , Entry , Door of Humility , Ottoman Empire , Crusaders , Justinian , Manger Square
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The entry to the Church of the Nativity from Manger Square (the plaza used for celebrations) has three historical layers. The small door, sometimes called the "Door of Humility," was inserted during the Ottoman era (perhaps for security). The larger arch is the remains of the Crusader era door. To the right is a small cornice that supported the lintel of the Justinian era (6th century) entrance. The buttress, to the left of the door, was added in the 18th century to help support the wall.
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