Milk Grotto, Bethlehem

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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Milk Grotto and many more Bethlehem attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bethlehem tour itinerary builder .
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  • This is very near to the Church of the Nativity and is less crowded. With an interesting legend behind it, one can experience serenity here. They sell religious souvenirs all along the way to this pla...  more »
  • Located in the Palestinian territory, a little behind the Nativity Church is this Church of the Milk Grotto visited by Christians as well as Muslims.The Holy family while escaping from the clutches of...  more »
  • It is believed that on their journey to Egypt , the holyfamily stayed in this place and while breastfeeding baby Jesus, few drops of milk dropped on the rock and the rock in this particular area becam...  more »
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  • Miraculous, inspiring and splendid. The only place in the world where belief create hope. Saint Mary, Saint Joseph and baby Jesus in the flight to Egypt stayed and gave the grotto and made the ever lasting impression.
  • Funny and (compared to the nearby Nativity Church) relatively quiet church/chapel dedicated to Mary breast feeding her little son. Never saw images before of this scene, some icons even depicting her exposed breast. Free toilets are available at the outside/upstairs terrace.
  • Don't miss it when seeng the nativity church. It is amazing to have a church dedicated to breast milk and mother Mary's role in the catholic church.
  • Quiet and relatively smaller church with a calm and serene atmosphere
  • Don't miss it when seing the nativity church. It is amazing to have a church dedicated to breast milk and Mary's role in the catholic church. Besides, the architechture is very pretty and unusual. Free to get in, just overcome the sailors on the way.
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