The Centre was built during the time when Bethlehem was preparing to welcome the new Millennium. Since its inception in 1999, it has been emphasizing the concepts of peace, democracy, religious tolerance and cultural diversity. During the excavation works, ruins of a church, a mosaic pavement, and a cistern were found from the days of the Crusaders, the Mamluks and the Ottomans, all of which are exhibited in audiovisual format at Al Riwaya Museum. Various activities are implemented at the Peace Centre, including exhibitions, concerts, festivals, workshops, specialty courses, film screenings and even yoga and Pilates sessions, to name a few, attended by both locals and foreigners. A big share of the activities is focused on children, and the Centre is the ideal place from them to vent, play, create and innovate. Location wise, the Centre shares Manger Square with the Mosque of Omar, the Bethlehem Municipality, the Church of the Nativity and the Casanova.