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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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Address: Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
Phone Number: 15032547371
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An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of...

An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace &quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.

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Well worth the side trip!

The gardens at the top of the cliff are unbelievable. You pay 5$ for the elevator. This is definitely worth the side trip. It is the most calming place I have been to. These... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Alameda, California
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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The gardens at the top of the cliff are unbelievable. You pay 5$ for the elevator. This is definitely worth the side trip. It is the most calming place I have been to. These are somewhere around 1100 species of plants, perfectly kept ground, alot of benches placed around, statues etc. Plan to spend about 90 minutes or more

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Alpine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For the most part it is free to the public. great for the whole family. Very quiet and peaceful. So glade we went.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is truly a beautiful setting - worth exploring in some depth. I'll admit I'm a fallen away Catholic - in fact, I've fallen so far that I'm an atheist. So I can't help but wonder if the experience were a little less infused with doctrine, it might well be more spiritual.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a Catholic, I loved this place - very serene, and the chapel up on top of the hill overlooking the city was breathtaking. And even if you're not a Christian, you're still very welcome! It's a very peaceful and relaxing place.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was another tranquil place in Portland. I mostly agree with Douglas T's review, "Peaceful Spot-Maybe not Worth a special trip." However I would highly recommend it to people who like to visit peaceful religious shrines. There were statues and gardens in God's natural outdoor setting made it a very peaceful experience.

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Kirkwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ground of the Grotto were simply beautiful. The shrine to our lady was magnificent. I was awestruck. The chapel, visitors center, grotto, gardens and gift shop are on the ground floor and are free. The rose garden, stations, and meditation room, with a fantastic panoramic view of Portland are wonderful, are located an elevator ride to the top of... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were out by the airport and Ikea and I saw this on the map. Having read about it we went. In a somewhat rundown neighborhood this is an oasis. Beautiful redwood trees and ferns and paths. For $6 you can take an elevator to the upper level and get even more peaceful spots and water. There is a chapel... More 

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Dongducheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very peaceful and relaxing place. Enjoyed walking around and seeing the biblical stories as well as statues and different types of shrines.

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a treasure this is. The Grotto is so peaceful, and just lovely to see. You can pray, look at the various displays or just sit and think. There is a gift shop as well.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a great experience visiting the Grotto for the first time last week. A very calming and relaxing place to reflect and pray.

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