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> The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
The Church of the Nativity was the venue of several denominational conflicts. These conflicts intensified in the year 1757, when, with the Turkish Sultan's approval, the Greeks occupied most of the Church which had been in the hands of the Latins. In the year 1810 the Armenians took hold of the northern transept of the Church which was then owned by the three denominations.
Due to the disputes over denominational rights, the Turkish Government intervened enacting a law with the agreement of the relevant denominations, which clarified ownership and rights for each denomination, as well as times for practicing religious rites, and the procedure of maintaining and cleaning the Church. An agreement was also made that the key of the outside door would be in the hands of a Muslim sentry who would be in charge of keeping order and discipline.
This agreement is called(status quo). The same holds true for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Source:"Bethlehem, The Immortal Town" by Giries Elali.