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Ave Maria Grotto

Address: St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
Phone Number: 256-734-4110
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Cullman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: Four-acre park providing a natural setting for 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings...
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Killen, Alabama
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Everyone should visit here. I don't really know what to say but AMAZING. The kids will love it and the parents will love it more.

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Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We could not believe this place is spectacular , a lifelong blind man built all this wow. That is a miracle in its self. Very cheap plenty of gift and attraction items including religious things you can purchase. Highly recommended

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I went with our youth group from Fort Rucker when I was 10. I since have been a few times. I took my parents when they came to visit and they were amazed with the grotto and the entire campus. A great family experience!

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Pensacola, FL
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256 reviews 256 reviews
72 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The man that built this put a lot of time and money in building it. It is a one-of-a-kind par with a High Religious theme. Surely worth anyone's time and money to view this site.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Absolutely, a must. Spend an hour or so enjoying the grounds and craftsmanship. The gift shop is well stocked with beautiful items.

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Salt Lake City
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I have to tell you about this place, we found it looking at post cards in a store in the Zoto cave and ask the salesperson were is this, he told me and also said to me I always want to go there and I reply well thanks to you information I will go tomorrow and we did, the place... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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185 reviews 185 reviews
14 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It had been decades since I visited and I was recently in the area and stopped by. Brother Joseph's work is awe inspiring ! My adult son joined me on the visit and couldn't stop taking pictures. He was impressed by the use of so many different items within each miniature building. The stained glass inserts were especially of interest.... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This Grotto has minature stone carving of Jerusalem and other places in the Holy Land. really worth seeing.

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Madison, Alabama
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518 reviews 518 reviews
230 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Having moved to Huntsville AL a little over a year ago, this place has been on our AL Bucket List for a while. We decided that the Cullman Oktoberfest was the extra motivation we needed to make the hour drive south. The Ave Maria Grotto was the highlight of the trip. Anyone fond of relics, replicas, or European architecture should... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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