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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 in West Bend, Iowa, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. A conglomeration of nine grottos depicting scenes in the life of Jesus, it 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 estimated value of the rocks and minerals which make up the Grotto is over $4,308,000. Over 100,000 people visit each year.
It 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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  • Amazing, and overwhelmed at the same time, thinking of how much work needed to be done to build this grotto, patience and perseverance. Glad we made the trip and read the history of the grotto... 
    Amazing, and overwhelmed at the same time, thinking of how much work needed to be done to build this grotto, patience and perseverance. Glad we made the trip and read the history of the grotto...  more »
  • My husband and I, along with my father and step-mother were on a road trip, headed out to Yellowstone National Park. It was a planned pit stop to simply get out of the car and stretch our legs... 
    My husband and I, along with my father and step-mother were on a road trip, headed out to Yellowstone National Park. It was a planned pit stop to simply get out of the car and stretch our legs...  more »

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