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Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

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Ave Maria Grotto, in Cullman, Alabama, is a landscaped, 4-acre (16,000 m2) park in an old quarry on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey, providing a garden setting for 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous religious structures of the world. It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on February 24, 1976, and to the National Register of Historic Places on January 19, 1984.
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  • Visited here during the blooming festival and was a great time. The Ave Maria Grotto is very interesting to see in person. 
    Visited here during the blooming festival and was a great time. The Ave Maria Grotto is very interesting to see in person.  more »
  • This was interesting and I understand the concept, a labor of love and devotion to God. I enjoyed it. 
    This was interesting and I understand the concept, a labor of love and devotion to God. I enjoyed it.  more »
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  • The Ava Maria Grotto is a pleasant off the interstate path destination between Birmingham and Huntsville. I consider it a must see (at least once) if you are passing through or visiting the area, or certainly if you live around there. The scale and meticulous details are truly appreciated. My families appreciation of not just the content but the effort to create kept us there for much longer than anticipated. While some may walk through; many can spend an hour plus absorbing each design.
  • Went for the Blooming Festival and getting to see this shrine was a treat! The sculptures are phenomenal and well maintained! There is plenty of room for many guests to attend and still not feel crowded. Seeing one man’s life work all in one place is so awe inspiring and beautiful. It was a great little walk and well worth a visit.

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