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Ave Maria Grotto

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St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
+1 256-734-4110
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Peaceful & Reflective Tour

This was such a rewarding & peaceful visit/tour! The Grotto was an amazing & incredible picture of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
gingerbread1956
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amazing works of art since 1948!!

The Grotto is a hidden gem in Cullman AL. My parents discovered it many years ago & we have shared... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
marlamcdonald920
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Rockmart, Georgia
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gift shop” (31 reviews)
“folk art” (7 reviews)
“each piece” (6 reviews)
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St. Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
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+1 256-734-4110
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"gift shop"
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"folk art"
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"each piece"
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"fascinating place"
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"miniature buildings"
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"take your time"
in 9 reviews
"his life"
in 6 reviews
"small fee"
in 5 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 8 reviews
"walking tour"
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"couple of hours"
in 6 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 7 reviews
"leaning tower of pisa"
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"monk"
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"joseph"
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"jerusalem"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was such a rewarding & peaceful visit/tour! The Grotto was an amazing & incredible picture of great love & extreme talent.The grounds are very well kept.The staff were all very knowledgeable & helpful.

Thank gingerbread1956
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Grotto is a hidden gem in Cullman AL. My parents discovered it many years ago & we have shared it with many friends these past 40 years. Wheelchairs are provided free of charge although be prepared for some long up/down hills. The staff is...More

Thank marlamcdonald920
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were traveling in Alabama and did not even know Ave Maria Grotto existed. We saw a sign along the road and decided to stop in after seeing it well rated on TA. The cost in 2018 is $8 but seniors or AAA members get...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pretty! So neat that someone could use so many different things to make something so beautiful!!

Thank Rusty Holly S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered this place while looking at the Alabama map. A quick jaunt through Cullman brought us to the Grotto. Admission was reasonable. The people were all very friendly...they even allowed us to bring our little puppy along to view the Grotto. What we found...More

Thank USNavyVet72
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had been there once before when I was in school. It was even more beautiful than I remembered. This time I had the privilege of sharing it with my mother, my daughter, my son-in-law and my grandson. My mother had been there before, so...More

Thank lovemysundnce
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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

Took our wheelchair bound mother there to enjoy the grounds. It took both of us able bodied adults to get up and down the Long inclining and declining sidewalks. Finally had a Gardner come and help towards the end. Made for a exhausting and unenjoyable...More

Thank Carin F
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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

We had stayed the night traveling thru and decided to visit this place. A lot of history and time has gone into this place. It is a very nice and quiet place to stroll around and look and to read the history of each exhibit....More

Thank Tony S
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

The grotto is filled with models of famous places around the world. The pathway through the grotto is shaded and easy to walk.

Thank RedClayRambler
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Annual event and first time to visit the festival. It was wonderful! Parking logistics were amazing but be sure to get there early. Traffic will back up to downtown Cullman. Don't forget to get the Monk Bread! Visit the Grotto-reduced rates for the festival.

Thank Route278
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laura1plus5
April 12, 2017|
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Response from retiredandtraveling2 | Reviewed this property |
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TrainerSW2007
February 24, 2017|
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Response from B0rn2Trav3l | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others. Please allow 30 minutes or more to really maximize your visit there.
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60morena
May 7, 2016|
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Response from 25Denise15 | Reviewed this property |
no not really... there is a lot of walking, so good shoes for that.... casual wear... not dressy. we wore shorts and jeans.
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