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The deliberately reduced entrance to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem may be the source of the apocryphal story about a very small gate, supposedly known as the "Eye of the Needle," that allowed access to a walled city when the main gates were shut. In the case of the Church of the Nativity, the repeated reduction in the dimensions of the main doors was presumably to increase security, with the ultimate reduction to the present size having the effect of preventing looters using carts to remove material from the building.


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