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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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A Must See For Portland Area

Whether you are Catholic or not this is a site worth visiting. The setting is peaceful and relaxing as well as being a perfect example of the natural beauty of the City of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Whether you are Catholic or not this is a site worth visiting. The setting is peaceful and relaxing as well as being a perfect example of the natural beauty of the City of Portland, OR. The artwork and statues set in among the greenery and flowers are stunning. There are hiking trails and elevators so it is not a difficult... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The view from the meditation chapel is amazing and it is very easy to sink into one of the comfy chairs, take in the view and reflect while also admiring Michelangelo's Pieta sculpture. It is truly extraordinary. The Grotto is a remarkable piece of property and so wonderful to stroll around in. While there, take a peak into the lovely... More 

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Newman Lake, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was our second trip to the Grotto and well worth the two+ hours we spent there. The chance to see the natural beauty of the area as it was before the city was full-fledged is worth it alone. The dedication to Our Blessed Mother makes it even more worthwhile. The artwork, statuary and displays in the lower and upper... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I would recommend a trip here at least once to check it out. I enjoyed the upper level grounds more than the bottom. You take an elevator up, while inside there is a short audio that explains a little bit of the history of the place. This area is so peaceful and serene. I enjoyed all the displays and statues.... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have been visiting the Grotto Christmas Event for many years. This year did not disappoint - good light show, petting zoo for the kids, live performances in the chapel.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A beautiful garden with beautiful light displays at Christmas. Lovely gift shop, waterfall, scenic views.

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San Diego, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

First the Festival Lights and then mass? Best way to spend Christmas Eve away from home. This place is beautiful, and a must-see! I will go back and spend more time exploring the grounds.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I'm not a religious person and I would recommend going there, it's beautiful!! Gorgeous, I would go again!!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I never tire of visiting the Grotto. When life gets too busy and stress filled, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, walking, looking at the view and just being.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is another wonderful Portland Christmas tradition that we enjoy each year. Check the schedule before you go to see who is singing, and then make sure to catch the performance in the chapel. The lights are beautiful, the singing lovely, and it really sets the tone for the season.

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