See the Shepherds’ Field
A short ride to a valley east of Bethlehem will bring you to the Shepherds’ Field. According to the Gospels, upon hearing of the birth of Jesus, shepherds came to adore the newborn in Bethlehem. Nestled in the fertile valley near the city, this quaint site presents the grazing fields of these shepherds. Caves of the type used to keep livestock are still visible and some have been converted into humble sites of worship. Moreover, in the middle of the site there is a beautiful tent-shaped chapel which was built in the 1950’s.
Finally, on your way back to Jerusalem, you could visit one of the workshops that specialize in carved olive wood. These workshops craft delicate Christian-themed souvenirs and are all made of local wood. Time permitting a visit Rachel’s Tomb is also possible. Jewish tradition holds that this is where Rachel died upon giving birth to Benjamin on her way to Bethlehem. Today Jewish pilgrims gather at this site for prayer and veneration.