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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: +1 256-734-4110
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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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A nice walking tour of remarkable sculptures. The detail and amount of work that was required to produce these displays is mind boggling. There are worthwhile bible lessons for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Collierville, Tennessee
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Collierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice walking tour of remarkable sculptures. The detail and amount of work that was required to produce these displays is mind boggling. There are worthwhile bible lessons for all ages. Very nice gift shop too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Lovely spring walk with great sculptures and scenes from the Bible. Nice little gift shop there also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

I was on a group pilgrimage and we stopped in at the Ave Maria Grotto. It was absolutely amazing. The thought and talent that went in behind the exhibit was mind blowing! It's a must see but take your time because the detail work on each part of the exhibit is terrific and unique! I also purchased cinnamon raisin "monk"... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I visited with my parents 60+ years ago and only remembered what I saw in old black and white photos. Made the trip this weekend with my son to stand where I had as a child. And I was rewarded with a wonderful experience. The grounds are beautiful, and the work done by Brother Joseph so many years ago with... More 

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Northport, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Just to walk the grounds is pure serenity.... I'm not a "religious" person... the peace you feel here is amazing... then be sure to take your time at the artistic talent that went into the priest who built all the churches and cathedrals with small stones, bottle caps, etc.... it's a must see... I've visited several times and plan to... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Whether or not you have a particular religious affiliation, this is a wonderful place to see. It's historic and sweet. The craftsmanship is amazing and you can just picture the monk toiling away, making these beautiful works of art. It's also inexpensive for an attraction... I only paid $5 with my AAA discount. Before I left, I bought some monk... More 

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Cullman, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

From Jesus' tomb to the Chapels in France, this is the place to see them all. On a miniature scale that is!! Great artistic workmanship and all set in a beautifully landscaped grotto.

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Wartrace, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

The work that went into making these little houses and such is just truly amazing. I couldnt imagine doing this myself. The man had to be very taleted to be able to do this. I think I took a picture of everything in this place because I was just so happy to see the work he put into it. This... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

We are so glad we made the trip to the Ave Maria grotto. The gift store was fantastic, especially the bread, coffee, and jams made by the monks. The walk through the grotto was beautiful. My son, who wants to be an artist, was fascinated by the mixed media sculptures. Across from the gift store, you can walk through the... More 

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

We enjoyed our 1.5 hour visit to the grotto with its paved winding pathway lined with 125 famous miniature historic buildings. Bros. Joseph Zoetl (a talented monk of the Abbey) designed and sculpted these historic structures from cement and stone over a span of about 45 years. All ages will delight in viewing diverse scenes, such as: the Holy Land,... More 

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