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La ciudad de Belén dos mil años después

25 Dic 2011
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Christian pilgrims from Nigeria visit the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Hoy se celebra en todo el mundo el festividad de la natividad, día en el que nació Jesús en la ciudad de Belén según lo escrito en la Biblia. Hace más de dos mil años que tuvo lugar este acontecimiento y he recopilado estas fotos llegadas en los últimos días desde esta pequeña ciudad situada al sur de Jerusalem, gestionada por las autoridades palestinas y rodeada por muros y puestos de control israelíes. Muchas de las fotografias que comparto con vosotros son de la Iglesia de la Natividad que se levantó en el lugar donde se supone estaba el pesebre donde nació este personaje tan importante para múltiples religiones.

Estas son algunas imágenes de la ciudad de Belén hoy. Estampas que hubiese visto el propio Jesús de Nazaret si hubiera nacido en este 25 de diciembre de 2011.

BET001 BELÉN (CISJORDANIA), 24/12/2011.- Un creyente reza en la Iglesia de la Natividad, tradicionalmente el lugar de nacimiento de Jesucristo, en la ciudad cisjordana de Belén, hoy, sábado 24 de diciembre de 2011. EFE/Oliver Weiken

A Palestinian municipal worker decorates Bethlehem’s Christmas tree in Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, on December 13, 2011 in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus as preparations for Christmas celebrations get underway. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

Christian pilgrims pray in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 22, 2011, as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to attend the Christmas midnight mass. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

Unfinished nativity figurines are stored in an olive wood factory in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 photo, a Palestinian wood carver works in an olive wood factory in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Tourists take pictures in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 21, 2011 as Christian pilgrims started gathering in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas on December 25. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Sara Hussein Palestinian Christians attend an open-air mass on December 16, 2011, as they pray for protection for the sweeping Cremisan valley in the town of Beit Jala, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. For decades, the dwindling Christian community of Beit Jala and Bethlehem has joined its Muslim neighbours to work the land of the Cremisan Valley but the route of Israel’s controversial separation barrier will soon cut them off from the valley, placing it on the Israeli side and out of their reach. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

An Israeli soldier stands face-to-face with a Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus during a demonstration against Israel’s controversial separation barrier in the village of Maasarah, near the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 23, 2008. Israel says the barrier, a projected 723 kilometres (454 miles) of steel and concrete walls, fences and barbed wire is needed for security, while Palestinians view it as a land grab that undermines their promised state. AFP PHOTO/MUSA AL SHAER

A Palestinian priest from the Gaza Strip walks through the Erez crossing on December 22, 2011. Israeli authorities granted permission for 550 Christian Palestinians to travel to Bethlehem to attend Christmas celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Christ. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

(FILES) — File picture dated March 8, 2010 shows a small Palestinian flag attached to a fence fluttering outside the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Israel’s housing and construction ministry published on December 18, 2011 tenders for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, the ministry’s website said, adding that the new units include 500 in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Homa and more than 500 in two West Bank settlements — 348 in Beitar Ilit near Bethlehem, and 180 in Givat Ze’ev northwest of Jerusalem.   AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

Worshippers light candles in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Christmas day December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK – Tags: RELIGION)

A Christian pilgrim prays inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Franciscan monk attends Christmas celebrations at the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Palestinian wood carver works on a figurine of Jesus Christ in an olive wood factory in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Armenian Orthodox clerics perform a service inside the Grotto of the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

In this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 photo, Mother Dolores Hart, far right through middle window, and others in the Abbey of Regina Laudis participate in two of their seven daily prayers in their monastery in Bethlehem, Conn. Mother Dolores, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss, is praying for a Christmas miracle. She walked away from Hollywood stardom in 1963 to become a nun in rural Bethlehem. Now she finds herself back in the spotlight, but this time it’s all about serving the King of Kings, not smooching the King of Rock and Roll. The former brass factory that houses Mother Dolores and about 40 other nuns cloistered at the Abbey of Regina Laudis needs millions of dollars in renovations to meet fire and safety codes, add an elevator and make handicap accessibility upgrades. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Two Palestinian Muslim women pose for a snapshot in front a nativity scene inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Christian pilgrim visits the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Christian Greek Orthodox priests walk between the pillars of the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A Christian pilgrim from the Philippines wearing a Santa Claus hat stands inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. Christians began flocking to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas following a tumultuous year of political upheaval and change across the Arab world. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI