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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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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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  • We visiting the grotto on our tour. It was an interesting place with the white stones and story. Another must see place in Bethlehem.  more »
  • Not much publicized place, but to see the Church where drop of the milk from Virgin Mary fell on the ground, and made the entire Church white is amazing. This is really beautiful place well worth the ...  more »
  • Found this place and had to visit, 2 year old daughter even loved it. It was especially sweet seeing the nuns praying at the end, very beautiful, must see.  more »
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  • Very quiet and peaceful. A short walk from Nativity Church. Worth a visit.
  • 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.
  • Holy place, when the Holy Family lived.
  • 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.
  • Nice church on a quiet street