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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  • Within 5min. of walk of the church of Nativity. For Catholics a pilgrimage site - well taken care of chapel/grotto with an attached newer wing. Few people when I visited which made for a more serene.....  more »
  • Well taken care of and every thing looks in tact. The crowd control is orderly. The place is very well preserved  more »
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  • I was lucky that the hotel mentioned this to me. It is better than the Church of the Nativity. Very close to it too.
  • Tradition has it, as we are told by our tour guide here, that Mary, the mother of Jesus, breastfed her Heavenly Child here and left a mark of her milk that has made people come here to receive physical healing ministrations connected with this milk. There are beautiful sculptures of Mary and the Holy Family in this site. There are spaces were visitors can have worship sessions. If you have taken time to see the Church of Nativity few blocks away, then, take advantage of the proximity to see this very historic place, too.
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