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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Address: Northeast 85th Avenue, Portland, OR 97220
Phone Number: 503 254 7371
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Ranked #9 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Forests, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a...
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Type: Religious Sites, Forests, Gardens, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

A very peaceful place. There's a building on top of a cliff with large windows that look out to North Portland and PDX. I enjoy sitting there and watching the planes land.

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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The serenaty of the grotto is so fulfilling. It gives you a sense of calming. Beautiful lighting, and the Nativity is simply beautiful. Well worth the trip

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We liked the granite 60 cliffs augmented with religious decoration, whoever, the $5 elevator fee was too steep.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I always heard so much about the Grotto so I went to check it out but I was not impressed. You pay a couple bucks and take an elevator to the upper portion to an open area with a winding path. Not to much to see though.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Christmas lights and chorus in the old church were amazing. It only takes about an hour to go through. Get there about an hour early to get close parking. Bundle up warm to walk through the area.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Always have to go here when I return home to visit my family.... truly a special place to reflect and practice mindfulness.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went to see this with teenage kids while in Portland for Thanksgiving. The setting is surprisingly peaceful in such a populous area. The forest is serene. The visitor area had holy water on sale which was new to me, no Catholicism in my past. We did not go to the upper level as you could only access it by elevator... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Brought my mother and children to visit for the first time. It was so spiritual and beautiful even in the winter. Looking forward to bringing my mom back in the summer.

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Wheatland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

About 3 hours drive or less from Seattle Washington is the Grotto that is well known to all locals and visitors from other States for worship and for others a place to seek for 'healing' in any way you wish. The area was just being decorated with Christmas lights when we visited and although it had been raining lightly, it... More 

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Oregon City, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Grotto is a lovely experience any time of year with all the beautiful paths and landscaping. However.....going to walk through during the Christmas Lights can easily become a holiday tradition.

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