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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 310 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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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Very unique and beautiful experience. The main Grotto Sanctuary dug into the mountain is so cool. I am sure it would be awesome to attend a service there. We paid the $5 each to ride the elevator to the upper gardens. There is a very cool meditation room there with huge windows that overlook Portland. The gardens are beautiful with... More

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Boise, Idaho
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21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

As we walked into the plaza in front of the small church, the grotto area was being used for a Vietnamese wedding so we became quiet observers. The dresses were spectacular and the setting even more so! But don't just admire the Grotto! Go up on the elevator to the gardens, chapel, monastery, and an 180 degree view of Portland.... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice and peaceful place and I recommend people visiting Portland to visit this place, especially if you're Catholic. But even if you're not a Catholic, you should go here and enjoy the peace that not many places in big cities can provide.

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Redmond, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The sanctuary consists of two areas. First is the main level with The Grotto itself and a gift shop selling religious themed items. This is the free part if you don't buy anything from the gift shop. Second is the upper level which requires you to buy a "token" to take the elevator up to it. There is no path... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The grotto is a very special place! it is a religious place but i am very positive that everyone will enjoy this place! it is very peaceful! beautiful garden with a lot of flowers,statues,tall old trees....perfect place to pray but also to meditate and just get some peace...the church there is really nice with paintings on the walls...just sit there... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Grotto is not just for the religious...It began in 1924, so the minute you drive into the parking lot, you notice the sky-high ancient trees and well-cared for gardens. There is a gift shop right at the entrance that you can get a Boyd's Coffee and look at religious items (the lower grounds are free). The altar ( a... More

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Rockville Centre, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Entering the Grotto from the street level, you admire the outdoor chapel and walk through the church and the gift shops, but it isn't until you step out of the elevator at the upper level gardens that you feel yourself surrounded by the peace and solemnity of this place. My husband and I were visiting another couple who live outside... More

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Kirkland, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A beautiful setting and a must for those in a contemplative mode--it is a refuge for the religious and worth seeing. Take at least an hour or two to properly experience the gardens and its statuary, and story.

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Kihei, HI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Healing spiritual sanctuary, regardless of one's religion. The grounds, gardens, labyrinth and cathedral are all beautiful.

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Tigard, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

2 minutes from the airport, this Sanctuary has heavenly grounds that you marvel at and wonder how people miss it!

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