Water Leak Threatens Church of the Nativity Mosaics

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Those visiting Jesus' birth place this Christmas season will notice some renovation work at the historical site.

The 1,500-year-old Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is undergoing much-needed repair. Experts say water leaking from the rooftop threatens to damage mosaics and other valuable items.

The World Monuments Fund, a U.S.-based nonprofit group dedicated to protecting historic sites, and UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural agency, have placed the church on their lists of endangered sites.

The renovations will not disrupt any tours or visits. Companies carrying out the work are being asked to make sure visitors can enter the church freely and safely.

Last year, the Church of the Nativity attracted more than 2 million visitors.

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