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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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Address: Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
Phone Number: 15032547371
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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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Zen! Peaceful and great for a family trip! This was really one of the best places in Portland, OR where many locals don't even know!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Los Angeles
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Zen! Peaceful and great for a family trip! This was really one of the best places in Portland, OR where many locals don't even know!

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Honolulu, Hawaii USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Grotto is such a peaceful, serene place, placed in such a way as to take advantage of nature's beauty. The meditation chapel offers a panoramic view of the city with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The walk on top of the cliff is laid out like a rosary, with the sorrowful mysteries, glorious mysteries, etc, all given their own areas.... More 

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the Grotto, especially during Christmas when it is all lit up and choirs sing. We still have to hike it in the summer when you can go to the top.

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Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We often take our out-of-town guests to The Grotto on the way to or from the airport, as it is only a few minutes away from PDX. It is a hidden gem, peaceful and beautiful. On the lower level, which is free, there is a nice visitor's center, gift shop, church, and the Grotto itself- carved out of the stone... More 

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Pearl River, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and spiritual place. We went to church there on Thanksgiving. Had a wonderful day. Walkable from the Max.

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Very well-kept and relaxing. The elevator to the top level is worth it and shouldn't be missed. Would definitely visit again.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We took the bus here and boy did it take a long time! But the bus ride was worth it! The grotto is huge and it is gorgeous. The park is beautiful and so is the view from up top! This is a must see in portland!

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Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Visited during October when the leaves were changing and it was magical. I was there during the week and was almost the only visitor on the upper grounds. The labyrinth was amazing. I had the opportunity to walk it in silence by myself, which was very moving. The mysteries were probably my favorite as the artwork that represents each section... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

My friend's recommended the place a few months ago and we finally went yesterday. It costs five dollar per adult to get in at the gift shop. There's a map for you to tour the ground. If you take a left turn and walk down the walkway, you'll see a chapel and information center. There's an elevator on the side... More 

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We always are impressed with The Grotto, often taking guests to visit it because it is one of Portland Oregon's special places. The setting is unique. The altar which features a replica of Michaelangelo's The Pieta is in a mountainside setting. In good weather Sunday Masses are said there with seating available. Be sure to take elevator to the upper... More 

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