Photographer's Note

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. It is the only major church in the Holy Land that survives intact from the early Christian period.

It is administered by a coalition of Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox clerics. Tradition has it that the church was built over Jesus ' birthplace, and it is held as sacred by followers of Christianity and Islam.

Source: Wikipedia

You can see some trap doors in the floor these open to show ancient musaic floor which is under current floor level. Also worth notice is the lower part of the columns distict from the upper part due to people's touch.

What looks like dust is actually incense smoke.

Scanned from slide
I used shadow/highlight in order to get more details from the dark area, original picture was darker.

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