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 Bethlehm, where she delivered Jesus.
The event is not mentiond 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 forgotton.
It was re-discvoered by chance in 1992 by Ya’akob Billig of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Although completly exposed now, to this day no development was done at the site to present to the public again.
|The Kathisma church on Hebrew Wikipedia|
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