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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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  • Very lovely church that you should visit while in Bethlehem. It was a short walk from city center, passing many vendors.  more »
  • The Milk Grotto is a nice little church very close to the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. It takes just a five-minute walk. There is an old church in which according to the legend, Mary spilt some milk ...  more »
  • Quiet and surreal. Definitely a place that is detached from the usual bustle of life. Chapel of peace stunning and very moving. Highly recommended  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is a quiet and secluded spot only 5 minutes walk away from main square. It's nothing special really but if you are in the area it's worth checking out.
  • It is very clean and elegant church of the air compared to the Church of the Nativity, but the publicity. It is wonderful. For said Church in Maria's breast feel very feminine.
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  • Baby Jesus fled to Egypt and lived there for a while before. The cave walls are white-La Cave is called the milk
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  • Elements of Polish. In the chapel of adoration triptych-altar of amber artists Gdansk, in the chapel of the upper figure of Lady Ludźmierskiej
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