We entered the city of Bethlehem which is a Palestinian city located in the central West Bank. Our Guide Mr. Hani told us that meaning of Bethlehem “House of Meat” in Hebrew and House of Bread” in Ancient Greek.
Our first spot in Bethlehem was the Shepherds’ Fields
It is located in the village of Beit Sahour. The fields identified since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity.
Our next stop was at the Milk Grotto
We walked a few minutes from Manger square to the Milk Grotto also known as Magharet Sitti Mariam, “Grotto of the Lady Mary”. Mr Hani informed us that The Holy Family took refuge here during the Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt. and while Mary was nursing Jesus, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white.
Our next stop was The Church of Nativity
It is one of the most holy site for Christians, as it marks the traditional place of Christ’s birth.
Looking a small entrance to the church we all were astonished. We were told that the rectangular entrance to the church, to prevent carts being driven in by looters.
After completing our last site we walked back to the place our bus was parked and drove to the Hotel, with a bright smile cause we would be visiting Jerusalem on the next day.