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There is a place dedicated to saint Elizabeth Seton that you feel you are so close to heaven... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leesburg, Virginia
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The whole property is in it's natural state but beautiful. We love to walk up all the paths to the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jan B
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic shrine devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation. This beautiful mountain shrine features one of the oldest American...more
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700
+1 301-447-5318
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a place dedicated to saint Elizabeth Seton that you feel you are so close to heaven . There is place to pray and find inner peace . Outstanding Mountain View .

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whole property is in it's natural state but beautiful. We love to walk up all the paths to the Grotto, stopping at the chapel and each statue. Very spiritual day.

Thank Jan B
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Each year we go here to say prayers before the start of a new school year. We’re not Catholic, but the location is awe inspiring on the side of the Catoctin Mountains overlooking out to the lowlands. Definitely worth the stop.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Seeing the beautiful statue of Mary from the highway led us to explore more and closer to the statue. As we were unable to make the climb, seeing it from the parking lot was the best that we could do. Give this place time for...More

Thank 986madvc
Reviewed February 18, 2018

Very holy site. Relaxing and a great place to unwind. Leading to the Grotto you can follow the Stations of the Cross. Very small children might get bored but you should bring the whole family no matter what. Also bring something to fill up with...More

2  Thank beas3
Reviewed January 29, 2018

I have driven through Emmittsburg dozens of times on my way to Pennsylvania and have always admired the statue of Mary which is visible from Route 15. I decided to stop by and see this statue up close. It was worth the side trip. Even...More

Thank anr002
Reviewed January 8, 2018

My wife is a good Catholic and we have visited the shrine dozens of times, sometimes to attend mass at the glass chapel (70 miles from home), but usually to walk through the gardens so she can take some time to pray at the grotto...More

4  Thank clarencestiehm
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

I was greatly moved by my walk through the shrine. There are mosaics, statues, and memorials throughout the grounds. One can linger over these on the way to the chapel and grotto, or simply absorb the peaceful atmosphere and extraordinary view. As this was my...More

1  Thank pds209
Reviewed November 23, 2017

This is a lovely place to visit and it is very peaceful and serene. There is a lovely view of the surrounding farmland and mountains that is very pretty. The short walk to the Grotto and Chapel is filled with statues and fountains as well...More

Thank 789betsys
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

This is an incredible place to stop on your trip to Gettysburg or Emmitsburg. Quiet, peaceful, and holy ground to connect with God and nature.

Thank Kate M
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Response from Mom2drew_katie | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the chaplains are available to bless the Grotto water to make it holy. They are on the grounds Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 3 pm. Stop by the Miller Visitor's Center and staff can assist you.