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UNESCO grants heritage status to Bethlehem

Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA

A Greek Orthodox sweeps in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on June 28, 2012. UNESCO voted to grant world heritage status to the Church of the Nativity. The declaration by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization covers the West Bank church, venerated by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, and the surrounding route taken by religious pilgrims.

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