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St. Nicolas is the patron saint of Beit Jala, and as a result Saint Nicolas Church is one of the most important churches in the city.
Underneath the church is a cave in which St. Nicolas is believed to have lived in during the 5th century AD in order to worship close to the site of Jesus’ birth. The cave currently houses an icon of St. Nicolas and an eternal flame that remains lit in honor of him.
Every year, on the 19th of December, local Christians flock to Beit Jala to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas.
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