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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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Beautiful and serene

I loved the sudden change of pace off the busy street. You can wander through this sanctuary, regardless of your religious preference, and feel quite serene. Just go during a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I loved the sudden change of pace off the busy street. You can wander through this sanctuary, regardless of your religious preference, and feel quite serene. Just go during a time when a bus full of kiddos from school isn't going to show up, if you really need some meditative quiet time. Otherwise, it's fun to just enjoy the natural... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It's a beautiful quiet spot but there is not a whole lot to see here. I know it bears meaning and if you are visiting for that purpose, it's amazing. As far as gardens goes, the most interesting thing to me was the elevator, which was pretty cool.

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KIrkland, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This Grato is so Beautiful, tranquil, peaceful and spiritually healing, that when you visit this sanctuary, you will want to return again and again. I loved going from station to station reading each passage about The Rosary! Even though I am allergic to roses, I will suffer them, just to visit this Grato!

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Temecula, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Just a beautiful site to visit, the grounds are kept up so well. It was truly a treat to be able to visit the site

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Well kept gardens, geourgeous views of Portland, a place to just enjoy and appreciate the gifts from Mother Nature, nice touch to include dedications to different cultures.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

On a recent trip to Portland with young my son and daughter I thought we would stop by here since it's fairly high on the Things to Do List.... the grounds are beautiful, but unless you are there for a service (which, by the way, there was one going on while we were there and we stepped in for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

OMG, im Catholic but havent been to church in years, feel catholic in my soul. They have the Stations of the Cross throughout the park and were there on Holy Thursday, Im a believer.....such a wonderful comforting beautiful spiritual place. Way to go God!

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This relaxing spot to simply stroll and enjoy the serenity was an unexpected delight in our recent trip to Portland. The trails are an easy stroll, and the religious stations are well-maintained and inspirational. While there is no entrance fee to stroll the lower grounds, it is well worth the extra $5 to take the elevator up to the top... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I'm Catholic and so I thought this was going to be another church-type place to take my mom and dad. I was surprised at how beautiful and peaceful it was. Even my teen daughter and non-Catholic husband really liked it. The Grotto itself is a small part of the entire grounds. They'll give you a map in the gift shop... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My wife and daughter are Filipinas,and when they were overseas,they had heard of The Grotto in PDX. After they joined me here in PDX, we often go there,especially for the Christmas lighting displays. So very beautiful,as they tell the story in lighted figures,and story boards. During this time it is a beautiful sight for even non Christians to enjoy. After... More 

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