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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 10 Attractions in Cullman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Oxford, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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270 reviews 270 reviews
76 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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