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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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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

What a hidden jewel. No matter what your religious beliefs this is a place of peace and reflection. Each garden was designed with a play of shadow and light. The view from the top is amazing. The grotto itself is beautiful.

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Union City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

About 35-40mins from downtown by bus. We started w/ 12noon mass inside the church. The grotto is open anytime, can purchase candle from the gift shops if you wish to offer one. Amazing high, huge trees! Absolutely peaceful and calming as you walk your way from the gate to the grotto. Can purchase a token ($5) to get up the... More

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SPOKANE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The grounds are lovely, with paths through the woods and places for quiet contemplation and prayer. The overlook room at the top of the cliff gives a great view of the airport and river. The stations of the cross walk is very calming. The chapel is exquisite.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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