The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland

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Admire The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a sanctuary spanning several floors with a rock cave carved into the base of a cliff. A life-sized replica of Michelangelo's Pi├Ęta sits as a centerpiece in the cave's shrine. Set amidst 25 ha (62 ac) of botanical gardens, the tranquility of the 34 m (110 ft) grotto serves as a place for reflection away from downtown Portland. Visit the large meditation hall that occupies the main chamber, and enjoy impressive views from the cliff top overlooking the Columbia River Valley. Wander through well-groomed parks home to several chapels and statues. You can also explore hundreds of trails through nearby forests. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and many more Portland attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Portland trip maker site.
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  • We were very impressed with our visit through the gorgeous gardens and the various statues. The grotto is breathtaking and the church is beautiful. Happy we visited! 
    We were very impressed with our visit through the gorgeous gardens and the various statues. The grotto is breathtaking and the church is beautiful. Happy we visited!  more »
  • It's a lovely, peaceful spot. The homeless in tents around the area try to panhandle, but they were mainly polite. 
    It's a lovely, peaceful spot. The homeless in tents around the area try to panhandle, but they were mainly polite.  more »
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  • Missing this place so much and would like to visit again!!! Already visited many times. Very beautiful and peaceful place to pray and relax. Feeling all of peaceful moments in all beautiful gardens and nature in 'The Grotto' is my most favorite part. And amazing scenery of Portland from the view point on top. - From Vancouver BC Canada
  • It was quiet & peaceful place. We came in the afternoon on a weekday so it was empty. It took us over an hour to finish checking out the entire place. There's less than $2 for the admission fee per person if you'd want go to the top. I'd recommend to check it out. Taking a stroll in green nature. Plenty of parking. There are restrooms available.

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