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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 308 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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Florence, Kentucky, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most serene places I have ever visited. The quiet, beautiful gardens area is must visit in Portland. I do suggest if you have children under the age of 18 talk to them about the solemnity of the experience. I had one section a bit marred by youngsters goofing off. Walking the labyrinth is a wonderful... More

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Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had time to kill and we're in the area. I wasn't expecting anything. I enjoyed great views of the mountain. Beautiful surroundings. Enjoyed the light walk through the sanctuary. However you can here the constant noise of freeway which seriously takes away from the whole experience. Do take the elevator for less than 5$. Is it worth the detour?... More

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful garden and chapel! We had a wonderful time touring the gardens and hoping to get married there in three years or so. Couldn't be happier with this lovely spot right near downtown Portland!

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Portland, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This lovely place surprised me the first time that I visited. I had no idea how large and detailed this religious grotto was and I'm glad that I took the time to visit! There are two levels to the Grotto - the bottom level is free and includes the famed grotto and a very nice gift shop. There are additional... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Grotto is a very peaceful place and really worth the visit if you are in Portland, especially if you are a Catholic or Christian. It is free if you visit only the lower level, where Our Lady's Grotto (a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff and contains a life-size marble replica of Michelangelo's Pieta), the... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Grotto is a serene place for reflection and prayer in a natural setting. The Meditation Chapel is stunning and provides terrific views of the city. Statues in garden settings, some near a pond, provide a reminder of how close God is. The labyrinth is another place to pray and reflect.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stumbled upon this magnificent little gem on our way to the to the Portlandia Statue and it was well worth the time. A must see when in Portland! You could easily spend several hours here. Beautiful!

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Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Came off the plane at 10am, went to get rental car, went to settle in to hotel, wanted to get to noon Mass at the Grotto, drove over there just 2 miles from my hotel and was on time. Cool thing was a wasn't sure exactly where Mass Chapel was so I walked toward gift shop and suddenly a woman... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places in Portland. The landscaping is well done, the view of Mt. St. Helens is incredible, the entire atmosphere of the place is so unique. I am not a religious person but I always find myself feeling refreshed from being here. It's such an awe-inspiring testament to love and faith. You MUST pay... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We needed a break from a long road trip. Low and behold, a few blocks from highway exit is this very peaceful place. Nice spot to take a walk, light a candle and take a moment to contemplate other things. Religious or not, you will find it to be very tranquil and welcoming.

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