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The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem

Published by: | May 19, 2011 | Category: Destination Tips


The city of Bethlehem, known as the birthplace of Jesus, attracts tourists from all over the world, Christian or not. One of the main attractions is the magnificent and legendary Milk Grotto.

A few minutes journey from Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, is the Milk Grotto where, according to the story goes, he hid the Holy Family in front of the Slaughter of the Innocents “killing of children up to 2 years old in search of the prophesied future King of the Jews, who carried out the King Herod to protect their right to the throne. After a brief stay there, Joseph, Mary and baby fled to Egypt.

Considered a sacred place, the cave is carved into irregularly shaped soft white stone. Legend has it that a drop of spilled milk from the breast of the Virgin Mary and dyed instead of white.

The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem

The Milk Grotto is a place of worship for both Christians and Muslims, based on the belief that any mother to breastfeed or problems experienced by women who can not bear children, take a rock and scrape the walls of the grotto enjoy its healing powers.

In the V century built a beautiful Franciscan Chapel on the cave can be visited free of charge every day of the year. The chapel is neatly decorated with mosaics in geometric shapes and intersections of the time. An ancient tradition also indicates that the place was where they buried the victims of the Slaughter of the Innocents.