Milk Grotto

Just a 5-minute walk from The Nativity Church, there is a small chapel named “Milk Grotto”.

Bethlehem the entrance of Milk Grotto
Milk Grotto is just around the corner of the Church of the Nativity. Machr2000

The chapel of the present day was built by the Franciscans in 1872. The condition has been maintained well.

Legend of Virgin Mary and Jesus

According to Christian legend, this grotto is a cave the Holy Family found when they were escaping to Egypt from Herodian Soldiers.

The story tells that a drop of the milk of Virgin Mary fell on the floor when she was about to breastfeed Him, and it changed the color of the whole cave to white.

Since then, many mothers troubled with poor milk supply visit this place. Even now, not only Christian women but also Muslim women come to pray.

Inside of the Milk Grotto, Bethlehem
The inside of the chapel. Synn Wang

Its inside is so peaceful. It would be a nice visiting while doing window-shopping of souvenir shops on the way.


  • Milk Grotto St.
  • Summer (Apr – Sep) 8:00-12:00 & 14:00-18:00
  • Winter (Oct – Mar) 8:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00
  • +970-2-2743867
  • Admission Free