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“Very peaceful place”

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
Ranked #7 of 447 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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3 reviews
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“Very peaceful place”
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

The Grotto is a very peaceful place and really worth the visit if you are in Portland, especially if you are a Catholic or Christian. It is free if you visit only the lower level, where Our Lady's Grotto (a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff and contains a life-size marble replica of Michelangelo's Pieta), the chapel, gift shop, and book store are located. There is a charge if you take the elevator to get to the upper-level gardens.

We easily spent almost 2 hours here and will definitely visit again if we are back to Portland.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Serene garden”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Grotto is a serene place for reflection and prayer in a natural setting. The Meditation Chapel is stunning and provides terrific views of the city. Statues in garden settings, some near a pond, provide a reminder of how close God is. The labyrinth is another place to pray and reflect.

Visited July 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Unexpected Stop”
Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this magnificent little gem on our way to the to the Portlandia Statue and it was well worth the time. A must see when in Portland! You could easily spend several hours here. Beautiful!

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Virginia
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12 reviews
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“This Catholic was happily impressed”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Came off the plane at 10am, went to get rental car, went to settle in to hotel, wanted to get to noon Mass at the Grotto, drove over there just 2 miles from my hotel and was on time. Cool thing was a wasn't sure exactly where Mass Chapel was so I walked toward gift shop and suddenly a woman walked out right then and there and I asked her where Mass was being held and she said "just follow me, I am headed that way!" Perfect timing - which is God's way, afterall. Mass was surprisingly reverent with three older priests celebrating it. I felt right at home. People on grounds were friendly and place was VERY peaceful. Gift shop emloyees not very friendly or personable, not sure if they are nuns, former nuns/sisters/religious, but not a good experience stopping in - seemed disorganized and not helpful/customer service oriented. I recommend the walk around even for the peacefulness within the suburban area in which it is found. A definite stop while in Portland.

Visited June 2014
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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25 reviews
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“Serene, refreshing, inspiring.”
Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful places in Portland. The landscaping is well done, the view of Mt. St. Helens is incredible, the entire atmosphere of the place is so unique. I am not a religious person but I always find myself feeling refreshed from being here. It's such an awe-inspiring testament to love and faith.

You MUST pay for the elevator ride up to the upper level. It's so gorgeous.

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