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Ave Maria Grotto

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Address: St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
Phone Number: 256-734-4110
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Four-acre park providing a natural setting for 125 miniature reproductions...

Four-acre park providing a natural setting for 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings and shrines created by a Benedictine monk of the St. Bernard Abbey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Magnificent Tranquil Insperation

A magnificently tranquil stroll through a truly inspirational miniature display of many of the religious buildings of the world (about 125). The "trail" is about 3 blocks long... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A magnificently tranquil stroll through a truly inspirational miniature display of many of the religious buildings of the world (about 125). The "trail" is about 3 blocks long and is a concrete walk about 5 feet wide. There is a lot of shade and numerous benches for resting.. The first quarter of the trail is down hill the middle half... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The replicas are beautiful. Such a peaceful feeling while strolling through this quaint little world of its own. Recommend.

Thank Lisa F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Neat place to visit if your passing through and have the time. Great religious site. Fascinating hand-made dioramas and models.

Thank DrizztTheHunter
Maynard, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove up from our B&B on Smith lake this was quite amazing. Nice presentation -lovely grounds to walk around and enjoy the sculptures. I had thought they would grouped individually but many different pieces were grouped in like a city collage - even if they weren't a city. This is quite a charming idea - although it may take... More 

Thank lisafromMaynard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The replicas of the buildings are great. I found so inspiring that someone had such dedication to do this. Educational and moving. Lovely grounds to explore.

Thank X5612PElisam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place the nature surrounding it is stunning and the sculptures are amazing to think one person made them is amazing and I love the gift shop and cemetery on the property

Thank AmandaG4
Dothan, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been wanting to go to the Ave Maria Grotto for the last few years, and I'm glad I finally got the opportunity to recently. It is a beautiful place. They do offer senior and AAA discounts for admission. It was only $5 for each adult with AAA discount. Beautiful grounds, self-guided tour. Nice (but pricey) gift shop. I highly... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove through Alabama down Hwy 65 and I happened to be checking if there was anything interesting to stop and see briefly - this was it! It doesn't matter what your religion, this is an amazing sanctuary to wander around the shaded grounds to see 100+ miniatures of shrines from around the world built by one of the Benedictine... More 

Thank Sheila K
Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I didn't know what to expect when we visited this abbey on the recommendation of friends, but am excited to share that this was a highlight of our visit to the Hanceville area. The amount of work in this some place was amazing. Definitely worth an hour visit. Nice gift shop too, although the staff was not very friendly.

Thank Martha M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

There are 125 miniature reproductions of famous historic buildings and shrines around the world. Created out of stone,concrete, and other items by Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. To name a few of these miniature creations are the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tower of Babel, statue of Virgin Mary, St. Peter's Basilica, the Monte Cassino Abbey... More 

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