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Ave Maria Grotto

St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
256-734-4110
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Cullman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites
Owner description: Four-acre park providing a natural setting for 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings and shrines created by a Benedictine monk of the St.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The most amazing thing to see. All the precision workmanship that Brother Joseph did to create these small cities and landmarks with donated materials and scraps to depict these images. It is just unbelievable when you walk through the garden - you are in a different world - so peaceful and beautiful. It is so hard to describe to someone,... More

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Pinson, Alabama, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting North Alabama you need to stop and take a look at the ave Maria Grotto. Fascinating and well maintained! Go see it for yourself! You will be amazed.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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213 reviews 213 reviews
76 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Ave Maria Grotto is about four miles off I65 and is on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey. A path winds around the Grotto which is a lovely and serene walk amongst the 125 small stone and cement structures, many made with repurposed objects which was very interesting. Pick up a brochure which details the self guided tour that... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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126 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard's Abbey in Cullman is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The decades of work that went into designing it is evident. You'll find replicas of so many of the world's holy sites and other places of interest (including the Alamo, for you Texans). You won't see anything else like this anywhere,... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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61 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Was looking for something to stop and see on the way to the Beach somewere to stop and strech are legs and get off the road for a hour or so. This was so worth it very beautiful amazing what he was able to do such along time ago, Fee was only 5.00 if you were a AAA member I... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This replica of various parts of the Holy Land as well as other interesting sites was quite amazing. We arrived fairly early before the day got to warm and had a pleasant self guided tour through the grotto. The scenes were interesting but even more were the building materials which were odds and ends sent to Brother Joseph over the... More

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Lincoln, NE
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We visited this attraction as something to do that wasn't closed on Sunday. It was a very pleasant & amazing surprise. The intricately designed and assembled individual miniature grottos are amazing, no other words are accurate. Wished we'd had more time to seriously delve into each masterpiece. I was especially touched by the tributes to the fallen in WWII, Hiroshima,... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

if you are in the Cullman area don't miss this place. It is fantastic to wander through and has some amazing miniatures that took a lifetime to create.

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Alabama
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I've wanted to see this since I was a little girl. Finally got to go and see these amazing miniatures. There are so many and the details of all of the structures are intricate. Bro. Joseph's work is truly awesome! I am so glad that we were able to go there and see all of this beautiful art! - No... More

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Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love the grotto & the monks are so sweet. I grew up on their property & it always feels like going home. I love that they make things like fresh honey to sell in the gift shop. If u ever get a chance to buy monks bread, don't pass it up. (If you like cinnamon raisin bread)

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