The “Kathisma” (Greek – “Sitting”) church was a holy Christian site venerated in the Byzantine period as the place where Mary seated when traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where she delivered Jesus. The event is not mentioned in the New Testament but was a popular stop for pilgrims in the Byzantine period. Following the Muslim conquest, the site was turned into a mosque and later abandoned, and even its location was forgotten. The site was re-discovered by chance in 1992 by Ya’akob Billig of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Although completely exposed now, to this day no development was done at the site to present to the public again.
For a full appreciation of the site it is recommended to combine it with a guided day tour of Jerusalem.