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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Northeast 85th Avenue, Portland, OR 97220
503 254 7371
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Ranked #8 of 309 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, Gardens, Religious Sites
Owner description: An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace &quiet reflection for all people.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Kirkland, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I loved all of the stonework and the grotto is carved right into the stones of the hill. Beautifully maintained grounds and gardens. You pay $5 each and take an elevator to the upper gardens. There you will find a glass-walled sanctuary that I'd love to see at night. A walking path takes you through the gardens, to a labyrinth,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

it was a great short trip to walk around the nice paved paths into a tree covered shaded place of peace in the middle of portland. they have an elevator to get up to walking paths. wheelchair had little problems on the paths and thresholds.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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70 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This Catholic religious site is a place for all to enjoy regardless of religion. It is a beautiful peaceful place of nature and spirituality. There are huge redwoods and a beautiful view of the mountains. Admission is free but there is a charge for the elevator to the upper level, which is a must to visit.

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Quiet spot of nature inside a busy city. Beautiful and a peaceful place to reflect. Easy parking. No entrance fee, but donations welcomed. You can purchase a candle to light for remembering loved ones who have passed. The pieta of the centerpiece is not as good as Leonardo's in Rome, but is fine, nevertheless.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
80 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

What an incredible experience! We took my mom there for her birthday and had a great time. We started off in the gift shop where they will give you information and you can buy the tokens to go to the second level. The lower level had the stations of the cross, the grotto itself, the visitor's center with several nativity... More

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Louisiana
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54 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

the lower grounds and shops are free. access to the top gardens is $5 for the elevator token. The paths and gardens are well tended and have plenty of benches and places to stop and just be in nature. The building overlooking the city is spectacular. floor to ceiling windows with a 4-5 story ceiling. just one room, so you... More

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My husband discovered this hidden gem when we were planning our trip to Portland. We were able to attend Sunday mass at the church and then spend the rest of the morning and early afternoon exploring the property. Very spiritual experience.

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St.Albert
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Was recommended by a relative and were SO glad we did! Can still remember the tranquility, the quiet walking paths, the 'coolness' on a hot day!, the obseravatory, and flower gardens. Only cost was few dollars to take an elevator to the upper level. Definitely worth your while to visit!

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Vancouver
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were told about this open air church by a tour bus driver. We decided to drive there ourselves. We drove from Seattle on a Friday morning and arrived at noon. The Grotto (like a cave) part of the church is free. There was a lot of history about this Catholic church and one could read about it online. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you like peace and serenity this is the place to go. You have to pay $5 dollars to take an elevator that takes you up the garden plaza. This place has a church decorated with beautiful paintings and trails with water ponds that makes you feel in contact with nature.

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