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Ave Maria Grotto

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Address: St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
Phone Number: 256-734-4110
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Description: Four-acre park providing a natural setting for 125 miniature reproductions...
Four-acre park providing a natural setting for 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings and shrines created by a Benedictine monk of the St. Bernard Abbey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Miniature wonders

This is self guided walking tour miniature replicas of places like Jerusalem, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Lourdes Basilica. They were all built and designed by Brother Joseph... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is self guided walking tour miniature replicas of places like Jerusalem, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Lourdes Basilica. They were all built and designed by Brother Joseph Zoetl. Many of the miniatures have a Catholic slant with their statues and shrines. But, the quiet and peaceful surroundings are well appreciated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place is awesome it's a must see the creator was an absolutely talented individual it's all hand crafted great patrayal of little Jerusalem

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is such a unique and neat place to visit! It is very hard to explain to people that haven't seen it! It is miniature...and artistic...and eclectic... And serene... And beautiful! Every detail is amazing and we found ourselves just standing for long periods of time looking for all the small extras that are so fun to find. It really... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is such a beautiful, serene place to visit. Nestled next to a catholoic school, it is very quiet and peaceful. If you are in the area, it is a must see.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Beautiful campus @ St. Bernard. Great place to think and relax. St. Bernard known for it's tradition of a quality education to young people and their Abbey at the St. Bernard Monestary in Cullman, Alabama.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I would pass by the Grotto on school trips to the Space Center in Huntsville and always wanted to stop. I got my chance 30 years later. My mother and I decided to take the 1 hour drive from Birmingham on a mission to do something different. The Grotto isn't very exciting at first glance. You can do the entire... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

It's inexpensive and quaint, with a bit of serene and quirky thrown in for good measure. An easy way to pass a couple of hours if you're in the area. A relatively easy walk (it is paved and not a long distance) and there's a gift shop too.

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Cullman, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

nice experience and to realize one person made all those by himself out of glass and rocks is so cool

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I haven't visited since I was 16, seven years ago, and I have to say I appreciate the beauty of Ave Maria much more now. Brother Joseph was a seriously talented artist. I feel like making a trip here would be more worthwhile for adults, as kids will likely get bored faster than you can read the information and really... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Second stop on the "Road Trip" with the 4 grandchildren. Planned for a stop for a break from being in the car ,driving and add a little education Told them about what I had read about Brother Joseph and why how he created his miniature structures with recycled materials. My husband thought at their ages, ( 10 down to 4)... More 

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Additional Information about Ave Maria Grotto

Address: St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
Phone Number: 256-734-4110
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Cullman
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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