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Casa Nova – the Franciscan Pilgrim House in Bethlehem.

16 November, 201116 November, 2011 0 comments Bethlehem Bethlehem

"Casa Nova" is a charming Franciscan Pilgrim House situated in Bethlehem. It stands exactly on the side of the Basilica of the Nativity, the monastery which was built over the grotto where Jesus Christ was born over 2000 years ago. The House lies on the square facing the entrance to the St. Catherine Church and the the entrance to the Nativity Church, also known as the "door of humility" because to enter it one must bend down low.

Casa Nova Pilgrim House Bethlehem

Casa Nova belongs to the Franciscan Order and caters primarily to the Franciscan pilgrims, but all the visitors are most welcome. The hotel is a perfect place for anyone who would like to experience the spiritual atmosphere of the Holy Land and immerse in the past of Bethlehem. 

The pilgrim house is the building most proximate to the famous and ancient Christian holy site in the world. The stay in Casa Nova leaves an unforgettable memory of the sacred pilgrimage and the time that has passed very close to the cradle of the Christ.

Casa Nova Pilgrim House Bethlehem

Casa Nova blends into its surrounding environment so much that one could have a feeling that it has been here forever. However, prior to the first half of the 19th century pilgrim houses and inns were not common in Bethlehem and visitors stayed with local families in their homes. Later, the individual pilgrimages to the Holy Land became more popular and organized groups became increasingly frequent.. The Franciscan Order responded to this growing need in 1870 when an entire wing of their friary was redesigned and partly rebuilt to function as a pilgrim guest house.

Casa Nova Pilgrim House Bethlehem

It was quickly apparent that there was a much greater need for guest rooms and, as a result, in 1908 Casa Nova was opened. On April 28th 1986 the new Casa Nova, which is completely independent of the friary was blessed and inaugurated. In the entrance to the building there is a beautiful mosaic, a reminder of the date of the pilgrim's house inauguration.

The guesthouse has grown to be a complex of two buildings - the Pilgrim's House and the Casa Nova Palace. Both of the places offer neat comfortable rooms (single, double and triple), gastronomic service, chapel and access to the Internet. The reception is open 24 hours a day.

Casa Nova Pilgrim House Bethlehem

Casa Nova Palace offers an oriental atmosphere with an arabesque decor, reflecting the local Middle Easter Arabic culture. The lobby has a cozy bar, where one can enjoy desserts and beverages. The Oriental Palace also has a garden café, where guests can have a meal with an oriental touch as well as cakes and coffee. While many guests are attracted to Casa Nova, the guesthouse is renowned to pilgrims worldwide who seeking a spiritual experience when visiting the Holy Land. The pilgrim house also offers special services to meet the needs of travelers including guided tours and car service to and from the Ben Gurion airport.

Reservations are generally required several months in advance, particularly during feast celebrations.

Beata M. Andonia works for the Bethlehem tourist bureau and blogs regularly about Bethlehem for Travelujah. She is originally from Poland and moved to Bethlehem in 2010.


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