Bethlehem Marketplace | Al Suq

Bethlehem Marketplace | Al Suq

The Souq, or the traditional marketplace, is located in the city’s Old Core. It is an assembly of vernacular units in which farmers and merchants sell fruits, vegetables and other merchandize. Stone arches are all around, and alleyways, which lead to different parts of town, are by the dozens; some in the form of stone paved roads and others consist of flights of stairs, which in the past, facilitated access to the agricultural fields and cultivated lands.

In 1927, a great earthquake hit the area, and most shops were that were in the market were destroyed. That same year, the municipality built a square to replace the destroyed shops. In 2014, the market was rehabilitated, and its original façade maintained. The Souq begins at the end of Al Madbasseh Street, close to the Salesian Conve nt and Church, and after walking through the narrow winding streets, one would end up at Al Manarah Square, which is adjacent to Manger Square.

 This part of town is a must-see, especially during the early morning hours when farmers come from the nearby villages like Battir and Artas, to sell their fresh produce. It is quite familiar for restaurants and boutique hotels around the area to purchase their fruits and vegetables from these farmers on a daily basis to ensure that their guests are served fresh food.

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