Entrance to the Milk Grotto from the street level

Entrance to the Milk Grotto from the street level

This grotto has a Franciscan chapel built above it

This grotto has a Franciscan chapel built above it

A photo showing Mary clutching baby Jesus in her arms above the main entry door

A photo showing Mary clutching baby Jesus in her arms above the main entry door

This door leads to the steps which bring visitors to the cave of the Milk Grotto

This door leads to the steps which bring visitors to the cave of the Milk Grotto

Here stairs are shown and the door which opens into the cave and a church

Here stairs are shown and the door which opens into the cave and a church

Beautiful tiles on the floor

Beautiful tiles on the floor

A small decorative fountain like object (possibly Turkish style) on the wall

A small decorative fountain like object (possibly Turkish style) on the wall

Details above the entry door

Details above the entry door

It is believed that here the Holy Family took refuge here during the Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt

It is believed that here the Holy Family took refuge here during the Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt

A small church on site

A small church on site

This photos shows the midlle of the cave with cordoned off area

This photos shows the midlle of the cave with cordoned off area

A picture of Mary holding baby Jesus on a wall

A picture of Mary holding baby Jesus on a wall

This grotto is hollowed out of soft white rock and this rock is considered holy by new mothers

This grotto is hollowed out of soft white rock and this rock is considered holy by new mothers

This area was located on left side of the cave and here it shows Mary breast feeding Jesus

This area was located on left side of the cave and here it shows Mary breast feeding Jesus

Some women mix soft white chalk with their food, and praying to Our Lady of the Milk for increase in their milk

Some women mix soft white chalk with their food, and praying to Our Lady of the Milk for increase in their milk

According to tradition  a drop of Mary’s milk fell upon the stone and it turned white

According to tradition a drop of Mary’s milk fell upon the stone and it turned white

There were only few visitors on this site

There were only few visitors on this site

Rock in corner has two paths and a locked door opens into a small courtyard

Rock in corner has two paths and a locked door opens into a small courtyard

This corridor or tunnel leads to other part of the cave where there is another church

This corridor or tunnel leads to other part of the cave where there is another church

The church is located on right hand side and here is sculpture of Mary and Jesus

The church is located on right hand side and here is sculpture of Mary and Jesus

Two visitors are praying in the church

Two visitors are praying in the church

ANother view of the sculpture

ANother view of the sculpture

A broken column inside the church

A broken column inside the church

Letters and baby pictures are sent from around the world to the Milk Grotto for good luck and blessings

Letters and baby pictures are sent from around the world to the Milk Grotto for good luck and blessings