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Syria: Nativity grotto beneath Damascus church draws large crowds03:24

Syria: Nativity grotto beneath Damascus church draws large crowds

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
December 9, 2018 at 12:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people have been visiting a Grotto of the Nativity in Damascus in anticipation of Christmas Day in the Syrian capital.

Set up in the cellar of the Prophet Elias Church, the man-made cave houses Nativity displays, Christmas trees, and other Christian-themed installations.

"We are trying to make new things and create new ideas while keeping the core of the grotto intact," said leader of the drums in the Mar Elias Protocol Band, George Markabawi whose band members had worked on the installations and displays for more than two months.

The grotto was established in 2004 and is visited by some 500 to 600 people every day and is set to run until January 4, 2019.

Syria: Nativity grotto beneath Damascus church draws large crowds03:24
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Hundreds of people have been visiting a Grotto of the Nativity in Damascus in anticipation of Christmas Day in the Syrian capital.

Set up in the cellar of the Prophet Elias Church, the man-made cave houses Nativity displays, Christmas trees, and other Christian-themed installations.

"We are trying to make new things and create new ideas while keeping the core of the grotto intact," said leader of the drums in the Mar Elias Protocol Band, George Markabawi whose band members had worked on the installations and displays for more than two months.

The grotto was established in 2004 and is visited by some 500 to 600 people every day and is set to run until January 4, 2019.

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