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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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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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Nice little sidetrip

I loved this little place. The buildings were impressive. The gift shop was outstanding. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk through the displays.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I loved this little place. The buildings were impressive. The gift shop was outstanding. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk through the displays.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The intricacy of creating this grotto is stunning. Brother Joseph was an incredible individual. It is time very well spent to devote an afternoon to seeing this masterpiece.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great attraction, very spiritual and a wonderful nature walk. A little steep but it is a Grotto the miniature Shrines are so beautiful and the detail is so amazing. Spent hours taking pictures and enjoying the gift and bookstore. A great treat in Cullman. Take some time and visit.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is self guided walking tour miniature replicas of places like Jerusalem, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Lourdes Basilica. They were all built and designed by Brother Joseph Zoetl. Many of the miniatures have a Catholic slant with their statues and shrines. But, the quiet and peaceful surroundings are well appreciated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place is awesome it's a must see the creator was an absolutely talented individual it's all hand crafted great patrayal of little Jerusalem

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is such a unique and neat place to visit! It is very hard to explain to people that haven't seen it! It is miniature...and artistic...and eclectic... And serene... And beautiful! Every detail is amazing and we found ourselves just standing for long periods of time looking for all the small extras that are so fun to find. It really... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is such a beautiful, serene place to visit. Nestled next to a catholoic school, it is very quiet and peaceful. If you are in the area, it is a must see.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Beautiful campus @ St. Bernard. Great place to think and relax. St. Bernard known for it's tradition of a quality education to young people and their Abbey at the St. Bernard Monestary in Cullman, Alabama.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I would pass by the Grotto on school trips to the Space Center in Huntsville and always wanted to stop. I got my chance 30 years later. My mother and I decided to take the 1 hour drive from Birmingham on a mission to do something different. The Grotto isn't very exciting at first glance. You can do the entire... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

It's inexpensive and quaint, with a bit of serene and quirky thrown in for good measure. An easy way to pass a couple of hours if you're in the area. A relatively easy walk (it is paved and not a long distance) and there's a gift shop too.

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