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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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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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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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30 reviews 30 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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Huntsville, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

What a wonderful couple of hours that we spent here today. So much to look at and appreciate. It was a little warm today but the trees covered a good portion of the walk, so most of the time was very pleasant, even at 84 degrees. It is amazing! We plan to go again, maybe in Sept, and take friends.... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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115 reviews 115 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

What a lovely way to spend some spare time in the afternoon. I'm so glad I found this little gem. It is such a peaceful, charming spot.

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Ave Maria Grotto is a very interesting place. Although it could use some additional upkeep it an inexpensive ($5.00/ea) and enjoyable way to spend an hour or two. The walk through the grounds is especially enjoyable in the spring when the azaleas and dogwoods are in bloom. It was fun to identify many of the buildings represented with the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Def a must see if your going through the area! Its a lot of history and very educational. also very well preserved and a great "park" area

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