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Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

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  • This place is spectacular & Amazing what 1 man built over 50 years! Must see for yourself! Loved it. Staff were friendly and it's pet friendly. My dog was able to walk paths with me.  more »
  • This was a wonderful experience and the people were very kind and friendly. Admission was a very good price and finding the local was easy to do. The story and history is heart warming.  more »
  • My husband and I love going to the Grotto, and strolling through the gardens. Lovely gift shop too. There is always something we never noticed before.  more »
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  • Very peaceful, the detail and scale is quite amazing. I posted Basilica of Lourdes,France because I have been there and was touched by the accuracy and attention to detail. This particular building he constructed at age 80! How talented and deserving of a few minutes of your time if you are on I65 between Huntsville and Birmingham! Catholic or not, it is worth a look!
  • This is a very special place. My wife and I spent a very relaxing morning here in the gardens listening to the birds singing while we were in awe of the great detail in the sculptures. What awesome dedication and attention to detail in these works of art. This is such a peaceful place, I highly recommend.
  • This place is nothing short of absolutely inspiring and amazing. It's somewhere that you can go and spend as little as a few moments walking through or I imagine a few hours. Maybe even days. It's a spiritual pilgrimage in and of itself and is definitely worth the trip. The life's work of brother Joseph is as unique and heartfelt as it comes. I'll be back with others soon! Thank you!
  • The shrine was very interesting and the story behind it was great. The amount of work this Brother did was hugh and his imagination amazing. I'm sure I missed something, there was a lot to look for. I have seen the film on the Brother that made the majority of the shrines and minitures so I was prepared but film doesn't capture it all. Until 2013 the grotto was cared for by a layperson. I'm not sure if he was a volunteer or employee. Anyway, they need someone to take his place. It is sad to see the decay and weeds taking over. I hope they don't let it be taken over by nature.
  • Words can't even begin to describe this place. If you have never been, YOU must go. The view is breathtaking!

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