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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 #9 of 317 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Forests, Gardens, Cultural
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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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Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Loved the opportunity to pray and meditate among the beautiful trees and foliage. Enjoyed the well kept gardens and paths.

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Florence, AL
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Although we were there on a rainy day, we found this to be one of our favorite stops in Portland (even though we are not religious). The grotto itself, nestled at the bottom of a huge cliff, and a chapel are at ground level. An elevator takes you up to the top of the cliff and to the gardens. Immediately... More

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Vacaville, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The Grotto has a beautiful meditation room on the upper level with lovely views, nice black leather chairs and a peaceful setting. The gardens were nice but it was very cold & windy the day we visited.

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93 reviews 93 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

i wouldnt travel to portland just to see this place, but its worth a visit to the peaceful grounds and the elevator trip up the bluff. very peaceful with a nice, contemplative atmosphere.

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Ridgefield, Washington, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This place is so beautiful and meaningful. If you are religious this is a place to pray and just enjoy the quiet and scenery. There is a church indoors and outdoors, they decorate for the holidays and hold special masses. The gift shop has beautiful and wonderful items to buy. I took my mother to the Grotto and it is... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I have been here a number of times when visiting Portland. It is a hidden gem surrounded by a busy world. It is beautiful place to go to give thanks and reflect on the many blessings you have in life. The Christmas season event is spectacular.

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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
6 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Marvelous. Re-charges your soul. A true respite with their idyllic surroundings. Can take elevator and it's quick; a quieting, calming experience.

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denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Lovely place to walk, reflect and pray. It's so cool that it is located not far from the city center. It just felt like I was in a safe and holy, spiritual place.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This can be done in an hour or so but could be enjoyed for a whole day. Bring a rosary or buy one there, the gift shop is extensive.

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Portland, Oregon
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Visit here during their annual Christmas display. You will be a much better person if you do. It is incredible and awe inspiring. Also, visit the gardens during the summer months - another experience not to be forgotten!!!!

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