Milk Grotto, Bethlehem

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Visit the holy site of Milk Grotto, a shrine in a cave where it is believed Mary stopped to nurse baby Jesus, while trying to escape Herod’s soldiers. Supposedly, a drop of milk fell on the limestone rocks while she was breastfeeding, turning the cave a pearly white color. Today, a small 19th-century Franciscan chapel rises over the grotto, which was restored in 2007. Join the flock of devotees--Muslims and Christians alike--who flock to pay their respects in the shrine, with especially larged numbers of women who come to pray for fertility. Make Milk Grotto a centerpiece of your Bethlehem vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bethlehem vacation route planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    There are stairs and sister to pray and go back, but I thought that was a small frontage, small church space, and further up to the rooftop. Go outside and enjoy the views and the feeling of freedom.
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  • August 4, 2017
    It is like a cute little church. When a breastfeeding mother Mary milk spilled on the floor, stained with milk color and tradition. And Mary rode a donkey beside the entrance to Jesus, relief of Joseph, David statues and images of the Prophet are standing. The painting on the back wall of the underground feeding Jesus Maria-SAMA GA are exhibited. See this picture for the first time, but it seemed nothing amusing.
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  • August 4, 2017
    The legend is that after St. Joseph had the dream to leave Bethlehem for Egypt as a King Herod was going to slaughter the innocents, Mary brought Jesus here to feed him before they stated their journe...  more »
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  • April 7, 2017
    Very quiet and peaceful. A short walk from Nativity Church. Worth a visit.
  • November 15, 2016
    Beautiful and peaceful place. They enforce silence although tourists manage to disrupt that sometimes. It was a nice and tranquil garden with a great view. Great place to spend time in prayer and solitude as well.
  • April 21, 2017
    Holy place, when the Holy Family lived.
  • December 10, 2016
    According to the tradition, place where the holy family stayed for somes days after Jesus's birth. Some drops of Mary's milk fell on the rock, and many healings miracles still happen. Saint Marr-Alphonsine Ghattas is said to have had an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the entrance courtyard.
  • March 17, 2017
    Nice church on a quiet street

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The main tourist traffic in Bethlehem consists of tour groups arriving from Jerusalem, getting a hectic tour of the town, and leaving. But Bethlehem's tangled streets house a number of accommodations worth checking out if you want to extend your stay beyond a brief look around. Located here, there, and everywhere, the hotels in town blend in with the rest of the buildings, so you should certainly plan ahead to make sure you know exactly where yours is. A couple of luxury choices have ornamental interiors, fine-dining restaurants, and pools, while standard hotels and guesthouses abound, along with a few backpacker hostels.
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