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Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

4.6
Must see · Religious Site · Landmark
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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  • We were there on October 16th. You can spend a good hour or two walking in the grotto. It's not a long walk but alot to see. You can tell brother Zoettl spent alot time work because the miniature.....  more »
  • A fun way to spend an hour or so in Cullman. Grotto needs some serious love and attention. Starting to become overgrown and damaged. Saw this place as a kid when it was in better condition- sad to...  more »
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  • Very neat little escape from the more routine tourist trap scenery. Economical, relaxing and serene are good words for it. Educational if you're not super familiar with the Catholic faith and the history of Christianity. I admire the talent and devotion that Brother Joseph showed to his faith and the fruits of his labor. Over 40 years of artistic and spiritual evolution can be seen in his works... Lots of little hidden gems inside the pieces as well. I really loved the concept of him recycling and upcycling random objects, refuse, and garbage into his works before it was even a thing to do. Overall, a fun way to spend a couple hours. Gift shop has some unique items, some at reasonable pricing some higher. Still haven't figured out why there is one singular print of Egyptian Eye of Horus or Osiris... Is this like a Yin/Yang type of concept 😕
  • Wow! The artwork is great. Outdoors but we'll shaded with tired trees. The admission is already reasonable and they offer discounts on top of that . Well worth the trip.

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