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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Enchanting!

We made a side visit to the grotto after seeing it on a travel sign along the highway. We are so glad we did! It was truly amazing and very interesting and intricate! We would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Allenton
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We made a side visit to the grotto after seeing it on a travel sign along the highway. We are so glad we did! It was truly amazing and very interesting and intricate! We would recommend a stop by visit whenever traveling in that part of Alabama. The resident cats are very friendly and follow you around and the man... More 

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The miniature towns, shrines, attractions, homes, cities and so on that this man Brother Joseph did over the years are displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting. Very interesting and unusual

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Pierre, South Dakota
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As Catholics we are always interested in grottos that pop up along our travels The Ava Maria grotto is very interesting with a lot of small displays and should be of interest to all persons regardless of religious beliefs. It is also called Little Bethleham and that display is very good but there are many others as well. This grotto... More 

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Oxford, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We did this as a homeschool field trip and WOW! Brother Joseph had this unbelievable talent and we loved the scavenger hunt for the kids! Highly recommend!

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cullman, Alabama, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It is just very unique. One of the monks build Jerusalem out of material donated to him by children such as marbles. It took him years. It is a beautiful place just to walk and especially enjoy the azaleas when in bloom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

The Ave Maria Grotto is not to be missed. Took my two children there on a Spring Break trip. It's a little off the beaten path, but totally worth the detour. Cullman is a sweet little scenic town, too, but the Grotto is extraordinary. The miniature buildings this little monk designed and built line a beautiful, winding path on the... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

one of the best little reproductions of biblical building ever, went as a child and loved it, returned as an adult and was overwhelmed by it, my friends found peace here

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Killen, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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14 helpful votes 14 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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