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Crystal Shrine Grotto, Memphis

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#53 of 147 in Things to do in Memphis
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Memorial Park’s outstanding feature is its beauty and naturally rolling terrain. Constructed in the 1930s by E.C. Hinds, an entrepreneur, several features were added to the landscape to enhance its beauty. Just inside the entrance is a gracefully curved reflecting pool and a three-tiered fountain. As you drive to the east of the fountain, you will cross the stone bridges and come across the first of several fascinating constructions by Mexican artist, Dionicio Rodriguez. These works include Annie Laurie’s Wishing Chair and Rose Garden, The Wishing Well and the Fountain of Youth. The high point of Rodriguez’s work is the Crystal Shrine Grotto, which Mr. Hinds described as the only man-made crystal cave in the world.
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  • I always search for unique and off the beaten path venues when I travel. This crystal grotto is very peaceful and a nice quick stop while in Memphis. Located in the Memorial Park Cemetery, it...  more »
  • Got up early on Sunday and checked TA for something to do and this place came up. Checked it out and it was amazing. I kinda like cemeteries anyway, so that part didn't bother me. The grotto is...  more »
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  • An interesting and quirky place to visit. Keep in mind, it is in the middle of a cemetery and a bit confusing to find parking. Not much signage to guide you, but the GPS brings you straight to the spot. Aside from that, it is quite an enchanting place. Soothing and peaceful with nice art on the interior and exterior. A good place for a 20 minute random stop. Lots of cool things to take pictures.
  • This is a pretty interesting place, albeit in the middle of a cemetery. You may need to use GPS to find the structure as there did not seem to be any signs indicating the location. The small pond was quite green as there is little water movement and it did or seem to be cleaned for quite sometime. Interestingly, I did spot a few large koi. The small cave is lined with different scenes from the Bible, mainly from the life of Jesus. I was personally more interested in the crystal structures build, each different for each scene. The cavern ceiling is pretty low at some points so taller people may have to bend. Overall this is a pretty beautiful place worth checking out if you are not off put by its location.

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