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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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Stunning at winter holiday

Serene and beautiful in the winter, you would never know it's located near a busy cross street. Lovely whether religious or not.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Serene and beautiful in the winter, you would never know it's located near a busy cross street. Lovely whether religious or not.

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Fife, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

No matter your religion.this place is fantastic the grounds are easily accessible and paved and also there is an elevator to the upper garden and meditation room (absolutely must see view) the grotto is beautiful and the church nearby has such amazing details. The garden paths are well paved and include serenity and beautiful artworks nestled along the path. Way

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Christmas music was too contemporary for me, I like more traditional. Its a small place, but nice, unique. If you have nothing else to do, you should go and see it!

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The grotto is a peaceful space in the midst of a very busy city - absolutely gorgeous grounds, peaceful atmosphere, and stunning view from, the glass chapel. The church is classic...great place to meditate. And outdoor mass was very pleasant - an uplifting experience!

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Portland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Christmas time has the grotto lit up and is fantastic. In the spring and fall ride the elevator to the top and see a great view of the city as well as the rose garden.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Amazing Christmas lights and concerts but so wonderful at anytime. Go up the elevator to the chapel for an astonishing view as you recline in peace in an easy chair to meditate. Stroll the paths and view the art and grounds. Gift shop is amazing. Don't forget to light a candle.

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Layton, Utah
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place was so beautiful, peaceful, serene. You name it. I wish I would have had more time to just relax but we go there late and had to catch a flight. The meditation room overlooking the valley was just peaceful, I could have sat there for an hour. I loved walking through the gardens and looking at the statues... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

I've walked the gardens many times and always seem to find a new place to sit and contemplate. There's a little red chapel on the upper grounds where you can be alone and pray. I like sitting by the pond and just watching the wind ripple the water. In the spring the rhododendrons are spectacular. I don't know how many... More 

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NYC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This place is too bizarre and beautiful for words. You just have to go and see if for yourself. Be sure to take the elevator up to the top and walk the meditation maze.

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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