The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
4.5
Forests • Religious Sites • Gardens
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
About
An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
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Len S
Washington, District of Columbia, United States5 contributions
A beautiful, peaceful sanctuary
May 2021
This is a beautiful spot for quiet contemplation, especially for spiritual seekers of any persuasion. Gorgeous plantings everywhere, a sacred atmosphere, and a spectacular view of Portland.
Written June 11, 2021
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Colleencamille
12 contributions
A must see
Mar 2021
This has been on my list for years. I love the history and the beauty of this area. It is something that doesn’t take long yet transports you into peace and history
Written March 15, 2021
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LoveBeaches1017
Saint Louis, MO191 contributions
Peaceful gardens with lots of areas to explore.
Sep 2020
Beautiful, peaceful place for a walk. I loved the upper gardens, especially the "wayside shrines" from different countries. Also, the white pine carvings of the Sorrows of Mary were gorgeous. Well worth a visit.
Written November 7, 2020
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ttoo
Hilliard, OH279 contributions
Very quiet beautiful place, beware thieves
Sep 2020 • Couples
This place is a nice place to walk around the gardens and enjoy God’s creation. Very peaceful to be alone with your thoughts. Extensive gift shop for religious gifts but beware we witnessed cars broken into and windows broken with very little traffic in parking lot. They seemed to have security that followed us around the grounds when perhaps he would have been better stationed in the parking lot guarding the 5 cars that were parked there in clear view of gift shop staff. Don’t leave anything of value behind in your car here.
Written September 18, 2020
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Em O
Moses Lake, WA230 contributions
Peaceful
Jul 2020 • Family
It never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times we have visited here, I always feel this overwhelming sense of peace & tranquility. Of course this visit was a bit different because of Covid. Everyone was wearing mask & everyone in the gift shop was respectful of the 6ft. There was a gal sanitizing the elevator in between each family. Doing their best to keep everyone safe!
Written July 6, 2020
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Ben
Honolulu, HI53 contributions
A place of solitude
Jan 2020
Beautiful trilliums are absolutely everywhere, along with every other beautiful flower you can think of. There is a abundance of peaceful places to sit and think, including many catholic sculptures and little cutesy ponds. When I went it was almost empty, I ran into very few people in the upper garden. The admission price is low and I think the price is well worth seeing these upper gardens, as the whole grounds are well maintained and manicured to perfection. The lower trail and grotto are also beautiful and serene, and the little chapel always has it's doors open if you wish to venture in.
Written May 7, 2020
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Candee W
Portland, OR132 contributions
The Grotto's Hidden Gem
Feb 2020
Who knew. I've lived in Portland for 40 years and have been to The Grotto a number of times, but like everyone else, I only went at Christmas when the full display of lights turns it into a magical place. I knew nothing of the upper garden, a beautiful place with meandering pathways, chapels, shrines, ponds and a world away from just outside The Grotto's gates. Although it was a nice day on our visit, it was still winter. Yet, I can imagine what a great place it would be to escape to in the heat of summer as its towering fir trees provide infinite shade. Walk the circular maze in sheer contemplation. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this hidden gem.
Written March 5, 2020
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eshaynes
Portland, OR176 contributions
Peaceful walk
Feb 2020 • Couples
We paid to do the upper gardens and it is worth it. Very beautiful gardens and lots to look at it. This time of year some things were in bloom but I bet it’s pretty in the spring when the roses and other plants bloom as well. We did the labyrinth which was fun. Takes no more then 1 1/2 - 2 hours to see everything.
Written February 25, 2020
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MomR
12 contributions
True Sanctuary
Feb 2020 • Family
My 13 year old daughter and I travelled to Portland and visited The Grotto. We attended noon mass then toured the beautiful grounds and meditation chapel on the hillside. Absolutely beautiful setting and amazingly meaningful in our journey of prayer with the Blessed Mother. Very easy walking and nicely paved fir wheelchairs or strollers.
Written February 24, 2020
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Kim W
Orlando, FL69 contributions
Not religious and still so enjoyed
Feb 2020
What an absolutely beautiful place and you feel the peace!!!! Go even if you are not religious. The nature is wonderful and unique with the big trees and the area carved out from the rock. We stayed over an hour and wished we stayed longer - if I were not with a child I would have brought a book and stayed and meditated in the santuary.
Written February 20, 2020
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