The first stage of the restoration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem has been completed. Bethlehem was the birth-place of Jesus, known as the Christ by most of the world, and by Muslims as the Prophet Isa. The Church was built in the 4th century CE by Saint Helena, the wife and widow of the Roman emperor, Constantine.
The important first step came as a result of cooperation between Christians and Muslims. It follows on from the re-building of the Ottoman bridge in Mostar, and the reconstruction of the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka. Both of these historic buildings are in Bosnia-Herzegovina