Icon Centre


Icon School

Offers courses in iconography at the Icon Centre and also at the Emmanuel Monastery, both long term and short courses, for locals and for people from around the world.

Icon Studio

Working strictly to commission under the direction of the Director the workshop dispatches custom made icons to churches and individuals around the world.

Visitor's Centre

As part of Bethlehem’s welcome to the millions of pilgrims and tourists, the BIC has a dedicated visitor’s centre along the ancient pilgrim’s route in the heart of the City.

How to find us




Our Director Ian Knowles presenting a prayer card of 'Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls' to His Holiness Pope Francis during the icon blessing at the Anglican Church in Rome, Feb.2017. 

The icon was painted in 2011 on the Israeli separation wall for a group who have prayed the Rosary there every week since it went up. It is inspired by a talk given by Pope Benedict to the bishops of the Middle East where he speaks of the 'Woman clothed in the sun' mentioned in the Book of Revelation as a prophetic image of the suffering faced by Christians across the Middle East.


Next 7 day intensive One Week Icon Painting course: 

HOLY WEEK COURSE April 6-12 2017! FULL!!!

Autumn Course: 21-27 September, 2017 - open for bookings

The Bethlehem Icon School is part of the Bethlehem Icon Centre, situated in the heart of the Old City of Bethlehem.

Twice a year we run intensive one week courses in Christian iconography, showing how to use egg tempera paints in the ancient style of Byzantine icons. You learn to draw and paint an icon, and are introduced to methods of using gold leaf.

Classes are small so the tuition is focused and personal. The cost of tuition is still just £200.

Our next course runs from April 6th and finishes the evening of Wednesday 12th, in Holy Week. What a great way to keep Holy Week and prepare for the Triduum.

Message us here for more details or to register. Alternatively, email us: bethlehemiconcentre@gmail.com

Latest News

Feb 28, 2017, 1:06 PM
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, anoints, blesses and venerates the Icon of the Saviour made at the Icon Centre.
Jan 29, 2017, 6:44 PM
The Icon Centre was widely covered in the world's media over the Christmas period.
Jan 9, 2017, 5:53 PM
A great insight into the Icon Centre and its founder in the Sunday Telegraph, a UK broadsheet.
Jan 4, 2017, 9:16 PM
Details of new and ongoing courses