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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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This was a total surprise and a site I never would have expected to find in Alabama. The location is beautiful and neat. The bookstore has a plethora of books and religious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Granbury, Texas
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Granbury, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
8 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This was a total surprise and a site I never would have expected to find in Alabama. The location is beautiful and neat. The bookstore has a plethora of books and religious information available to the public. There is a small fee to go through the grotto. The weather did not permit going through the grotto, but I enjoyed driving... More 

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New Market, Alabama
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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Im not going to knock it, it just wasn't all that I expected. But it only cost $5 to get in, so here's my take. It's easy to maneuver thru for people with mobility issues and unless you stop and ponder each piece for a long while, you can go through it in way less than an hour. I took... More 

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Birmingham, AL
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80 reviews 80 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This place is really neat. If you are in Cullman looking for something to do the Grotto is definitely worth checking out.

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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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184 reviews 184 reviews
68 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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