The traditional architectural style of the Old Centre of Beit Sahour gives a medieval aspect to the city with its narrow streets and arches. Many rocky arches, supported by the house walls, reflect the charm of the architecture from those days, along with some of the local roads. The old houses are simple in shape and built with white stone called Mizzi-hilu (sour-sweet) and are rarely more than two or three storeys high. Their external and internal walls, arched ceilings, floor tiles, roofs and stairs were also built of the same white stone. The breadth of the external walls was about 1.25 m (4 ft.), and the internal walls were about 80 cm (2.7 ft.).
The Beit Sahour Municipality has turned some of the traditional houses into municipal offices, restaurants and beautiful guesthouses for pilgrims, tourists and international visitors to come and stay in a traditional setting in the heart of the old city. It is a lovely place to take a stroll, explore the shops or simply to enjoy relaxing at one of the restaurants or cafes. You will also find, within the Old Centre, the Cultural Centre, Dar Dakkarat (containing a heritage museum, library and meeting hall) and the Chapel of the Virgin Mary Well