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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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If your from the Philippines,and visiting PDX,this is where to go for Church services.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I'm not Catholic...but still enjoyed the Christmas Lights they put here every year...it would be nice if they make changes so that it's different every year

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Albany, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The Grotto’s peaceful, relaxing, spiritual and calming. This place is a hidden gem in Portland. Regardless of your religious affiliation, you will enjoy the beauty of the Grotto with its well kept grounds and excellent views. Most definitely spend the nominal fee to see the upper grounds and meditation center.

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Glen Carbon, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The grounds are wonderful with a variety of roses, rhododendrons, and flowering shrubs. There are also some pretty awesome Giant Redwoods. These are mostly on the upper level and there is a small fee to go there. Pay the money and go! This is a great place to spend a couple of hours alone or with family or friends. I... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Every time we go to Portland, our family never fails to visit this beautiful and serene place. We love going to this church and pray. Additional views can be seen if you go all the way up (must pay and entrance fee).

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Very beautiful, location is right in the middle of town, I thought for sure you would hear the traffic going by but once you enter the park you would never know. The area down below is free to wander, if you want to go up to the park area above you need to buy a ticket. The view is very... More 

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Beautiful sanctuary in the city....The grotto is an amazing feat of beauty, and the walking paths are beautiful, so peaceful and serence. This was an amazing place that isn't to be missed for people of all faiths. $5 fee for the gardens is well worth the money An elevator takes you up to the top. The chapel, grounds and ways... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I love The Grotto! We go to The Grotto every year around Christmas for their Festival of Lights. This is one of the Portland highlights of the holiday season. Beautiful lights, free concerts in the lovely chapel, puppet shows, a petting zoo, and many reminders for all of what Christmas is really all about.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It is great to go during the week. It is peaceful and a great place to reflect. The rose garden is very pretty when they are in bloom.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I enjoy the Grotto in the winter . Its so cozy with the Xmas songs in the air. Many families wander around enjoying the candle lite alcove, hot chocolate, the animal pen, and the many lights. There is a nice shop to buy saintly paraphernalia. It is very convenient and fun for the children.

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