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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 312 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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Austin, TX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Grotto all done up for Christmas is magical. Stroll through and enjoy the lights, even when there are a lot of people there, you can get lost in the lights and feel like you have the place all to yourself.

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful peaceful place. We visited one day, attended mass in the chapel, and walked the spacious grounds. It was very meaningful for us because of the Shrine to St. Peregrine who was a Servite. This is a very special place. There are also a number of monuments highlighting different cultures.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I visit The Grotto 3-5 times a year. On my last visit, I took the time to do the circular labyrinth walk. I was the only one in that area of the grounds that afternoon and it was especially peaceful and a great way to release some of the days stress. I thought I'd have to really concentrate on the... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My Daughter and I make a trip or two to Portland annually and at least one trip we visit the Grotto. I find the walk through the upper garden and to be wonderfully refreshing even though I have mild mobility problems made worse by walking on pavement, Much of the area is wheelchair accessible. I come from a rural area... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A gem in the heart of Portland. Beautiful grounds with mature trees and ponds. Amazing view from the "meditation chapel" on the top. Anyone should be able to appreciate the sculptures and the beautiful "altar" carved into the side of a cliff. The entire place in serene and quiet. Parking and entry is free, $5 for elevator token to go... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have lived here for 20+ years but had never been to The Grotto until my friend was visiting from New Orleans a couple of weeks ago and wanted to go. We found the place to be very lovely and very peaceful. I could feel a very special vibration there, and I had a deep appreciation for what this place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This Catholic sanctuary is a rare gem in the hustle and bustle or Portland. Catholic or not, anyone can appreciate the quiet grounds, located above the church. You must see it to appreciate it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Its a little outside of downtown. Place is very holy, quite and nice to visit and pray. Great place to take the kids and grandmothers.

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Milwaukie, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Going to the Grotto to listen to beautiful music, see beautiful lights, and hear the wonders of this magical, spiritual place is an event to experience both young and old. I recommend this place at Christmas because of its beauty and story.

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The setting is calm and peaceful, both down and up! Lots of trees with a cool breeze. The Stations of the Cross, the gardens, the ponds, all offer a place for reflection and prayer. It is worth the $5 to take the elevator to the top.

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