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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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Address: Northeast 85th Avenue, Portland, OR 97220
Phone Number: 503 254 7371
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Description: An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of...
An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace &quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
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Perfect place for reflection and prayer.

This place blew our expectations. The grounds were arranged perfectly for prayer and to bring you peace. Beautiful. We came at perfect timing for mass, and the church was perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This place blew our expectations. The grounds were arranged perfectly for prayer and to bring you peace. Beautiful. We came at perfect timing for mass, and the church was perfect in its own way. We prayed at the Grotto itself and then made our way up the top. There's an observation/prayer area that overlooked Portland, that made my mom tear... More 

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Mukilteo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A great place to visit if you're looking for a peaceful, quiet place to relax and enjoy God's beauty. The $5.00 elevator ride to the upper grounds is well worth it for up on top of the cliff you'll find the perfect environment to clear your mind of all things except that which you choose to focus on. This is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We toured the grounds at our own pace. The grotto is beautiful. Definitely worthwhile to pay the $5/person fee to go to the upper level. The view is amazing and the grounds are quiet and serene. Allot at least an hour to wander.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Delightful piece of secluded woods right in the middle of airport-land. An unexpected find in the usually bleak areas surrounding airports in major cities. Nice walking path and worth a visit just for the walk even if you are not Catholic. No admission fee to grounds. Outdoor grotto church is stunning. Nice gift shop as well.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The grotto is beautiful anytime of year and very peaceful. The time to go is during the Christmas lights during the winter. Absolutely an amazing show of lights. Buy some hot chocolate, stroll among the lights and listen to the choir in the chapel at night makes it a place not to miss during the winter lights. Be prepared for... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a very pretty set of gardens, with wonderful panoramic views of the area from the meditation chamber, IF you come at less-crowded times. When we were there, there were so many people, and so much noise, that there was no way anyone could meditate in the chapel or get a good view photo! There is a $5 charge... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

No matter what time of the year you visit, your time at The Grotto is special and peaceful. During the spring enjoy the flowers and walking the trails. A truly special place in busy Portland where you can stop and reflect. Our family's favorite time is the winter. A frost on the trees or a light dusting of snow is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Recently I made my second weekend visit to Portland and went to the grotto with my mother (77) and son (23). The gardens are beautifully maintained. The statuary is beautiful. The rhododendrons were in bloom and of every shade and hue. Is is a great place to pray, meditate or simply stroll and enjoy the grounds. It was easy walking... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Have been to Portland many times and was not able to fit it in. This trip it was a mandatory stop, right after the Fabric Depot for my mom! Beautiful flowers, greenery and religious statues. Even though I am not Catholic I truly felt at peace. A true treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Every December The Grotto hosts many singing groups from local schools, churches and civic organizations to celebrate Christmas in song. Each night there are about 4-5 groups on the schedule to sing in the beautiful cathedral. Along with the music, there is an impressive light displace along the path, a petting zoo for the children and light refreshments are sold,... More 

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