Authorities in Bethlehem are planning to introduce an advance reservation system through an app, reports the Telegraph.
The app, which will be introduced early next year, is aimed at ensuring a regular flow of tourists at the Church of the Nativity, where at busy times visitors wait hours to see the underground grotto where Christians believe Jesus was born in a manger.
The paper says details of the app, which will be in English to start, are still being worked out.
Back in 2012, the UN’s cultural agency, Unesco, voted to add the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and its pilgrimage route to the list of World Heritage Sites.
The church – originally constructed in 399 above a cave traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus and rebuilt after fire in the 6th Century – is among the holiest sites in Christianity