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Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend

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The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption is a religious shrine located in West Bend, Iowa, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. A conglomeration of nine grottos depicting scenes in the life of Jesus, the Grotto contains a large collection of minerals and petrifications and is believed to be the largest grotto in the world.
It is also "considered to be the world's most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells, and petrifications in one place." The total value of all the rocks and minerals which make up the Grotto is over $4,308,000. Over 100,000 people visit the Grotto each year.
The shrine includes a museum with precious and semiprecious stones from throughout the world, and photos and artifacts about the construction of the shrine.
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  • Super neat place. You could tell some of the mosaics were damaged, but they’ve been there so long that it is expected some. Stop by the gift shop and pick up a souvenir. It’s of course a religious...  more »
  • Two of my sisters and myself visited on a Wednesday. We have each been here numerous times in our lives from childhood through our own children’s visits to solo visits. There is no admission as they.....  more »

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