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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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Montgomery, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
40 helpful votes 40 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Decatur, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited the Ave Maria Grotto with a small group of Senior Adults on a warm Thursday afternoon. Our guide was Bother Bruno and he was a delight. We learned an artistic way to use different and unusual articles that were repurposed in lovely ways. The miniature buildings of famous places and the Grottos were so interesting. Some of the... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Ave Maria Grotto is incredibly interesting. A "trash into treasures" place, built by a monk, and it took 40 years. The walk through the attraction is mostly shaded and easy. There is no lack of interesting things to observe. I will definitely return!

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Hartselle, Alabama
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great place to take children. They are fascinated by the small buildings and landscapes. It is also interesting to adults and they have wheelchairs for use if the walking is too much for someone (it can be a bit long and the paved sidewalks cover some hilly terrain- so snag one of the wheelchairs on your way... More

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Cullman, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Grotto is a very enjoyable, low cost way to spend a couple of hours of your afternoon. It is a gorgeous walk through a shady, peaceful trail and the miniatures are quite incredible when you consider that they took 40 years to construct and were pretty much made from items donated and salvaged by one monk. It is not... More

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Murray
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is the place where all our 'field trips' were taken. Then when I had kids of my own, it was my 'warm & fuzzy' place to go and spend the afternoon.

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