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Dickeyville Grotto

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Dickeyville Grotto

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Biff Simpson wrote a review Sep 17
Wilbraham, Massachusetts795 contributions124 helpful votes
We were actually looking to visit this, but sort of expected it to be in a rural setting... nope. As soon as you see the city limits, get ready to slow down. The shrine itself is a painstakingly assembled combination of rocks, shells, glass and statuary to form an impressive work of art. Make sure to view next to and behind the building and don’t miss the gift shop
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Date of experience: September 2020
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WhitneyFamily wrote a review Mar 2020
Woodbury, Minnesota71 contributions8 helpful votes
Very cool and unexpected! Worth a visit. Lots of amazing rocks and art. Prayer stations for all. Kids were impressed!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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rrgeniusz wrote a review Feb 2020
Cedarburg, Wisconsin264 contributions13 helpful votes
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This is a wonderful example of "Outsider Art' (art produced by self-taught artists who are not part of the artistic establishment.). I had not visited it for over 40 years and was pleased to see how the gift shop and visitor services were expanded as well as how well Father Mathias Wernerus' artworks were maintained. These Artworks, of course, have strong Christian themes but also involves tributes to peace and beauty. It is a great place for families but I hope that children are kept from running around and climbing on artworks. This would not be safe for the children or the artworks. Just as you think you have seen it all, you turn a corner and see much more. It is hard to believe that these sculptures are nearly 100 years old.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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seniortvlr wrote a review Aug 2019
colorado179 contributions42 helpful votes
can't believe this was built in 5 yrs while I wouldnt go out of my way to visit it driving by its worth 10 min stop
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Ginny A wrote a review Jul 2019
Austin, Texas14 contributions2 helpful votes
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Sometimes driving down a highway you see something special and wonder should I take time to stop. The Grotto of Dickeyville, Wisconsin just outside of Dubuque, Iowa is worth driving the extra miles to see. A handcrafted series of shrines and fountains and monuments dedicated in 1930 is a folk art treasure. There is a similar Czech Catholic Church is Hostyn, Texas that was built and decorated a few years before the Dickeyville Grotto. I was told in the gift shop a third, also German Catholic Church exists but I forget now where. But the art of rock work and mosaics and found art is whimsical and evocative. This Grotto enshrines both a love of God and an immigrants pride in his new country. Go see it and come to Central Texas to see the church in Hostyn.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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