Grotto of the Innocents

Grotto of the Innocents

With our back to the Altar of St. Joseph, to our right is the Grotto of the Innocents in which one can see three arcosolium (or “bench”) type tombs, each containing from two to five sepulchers.

Here the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by Herod the Great shortly after Jesus’ birth is commemorated. In the first centuries, the memory of the Innocents was commemorated in an adjoining cave, which one can assume was a common grave in which numerous bones of corpses had been found.

Grotto of the Nativity

Grotto of St. Joseph 

Grotto of St. Jerome 

Grotto of the Innocents

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