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Dickeyville Grotto

305 W Main St, Dickeyville, WI 53808
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Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Elaborate Roman Catholic shrine construcxted out of pebbles, pieces of glass and other "found" objects.  Could be described as "outsider... more »
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Bristol, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Certainly an attraction with a difference. Once you get up close it is amazing what this grotto is made up of. Rocks from all round the world. Mix of spiritual and the earth.

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London, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Found this by following some bikers as we wer heading to Lancaster. A geologists delight. An amazing work of art and a treasure to look at. Shop is cash only.

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Rockford, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

WOW-- that is the only word that can describe this creation. It is amazing, and you see a new thing every time you look closely at an area. The people are extremely nice and helpful. We could have spent several hours here, but our schedule did not permit that, however I am sure we will be going back.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Don't miss seeing this unique grotto. It's one of a kind. Very interesting. We liked it. There was nothing that I disliked. Look closely and see all the things that embedded in the cement.

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Glendale, Arizona
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210 reviews 210 reviews
63 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I love structures made out of rock, nature and showing creativity and industriousness. It is on a grand scale. Even if it was the small grotto, full of rocks, all types and colors, wood, glass, tile, shells. Pictures wouldn't no justice.Then behind it is more gardens with rock creatures and statues. And a gift shop which has surprising assortment of... More

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Gadzooks, this is one extraordinary manifestation of outsider art that has dizzying elements of OCD, religious fervor and trust in cementing what-could-as-easily-be-profound-dis/order into a frantic logic and intermittently coherent narrative. Sorry for that mouthful, but I love stuff like this - from L.A.'s Watts Tower to James Hampton's foil-wrapped throne (Smithsonian's American Art Museum, D.C.), artworks with lowbrow grandeur attained... More

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Wisconsin, US
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98 reviews 98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

As we were driving the Great River Road, I said "I want to stop in Dickeyville" & I am glad we did. We ate breakfast at Katina's restaurant and walked a few buildings over to see the Grotto. It's amazingly beautiful, unique, intricate, everything you can imagine! It's history is what is amazing too, the time the Priest put into... More

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Stopped here on our way to Dubuque.Not to big and doesn't take to long to see. They except donations for admission. It's a one of a kind place!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

An interesting, weird, little pit stop. The grotto was built by a priest in the 1930s and includes large shrines to Jesus, Christopher Columbus, and the Virgin Mary. It is essentially a 3D mosaic made from gems, tiles, rocks, minerals, sea shells, pottery, antlers, and other assorted oddities. It is 1-2 minutes off of 151, so not a bad little... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We took our kids here when they were younger, and they were awed by the sight of so many beautiful rocks. Visit here on a lovely, sunny summer day...

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