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Dickeyville Grotto, Dickeyville

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4.5/5 based on 70 reviews on the web
The Dickeyville Grotto is a series of grottos and shrines in Dickeyville, Grant County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin, United States. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 151 and Highway 35. Most of the site's concrete structures are covered in shells, stones, tiles, wood, glass, gems and geodes donated by area parishioners. The site is visited by 40,000 to 60,000 visitors per year.HistoryThe Dickeyville Grotto was built by Father Mathius Wernerus, the pastor of Dickeyville's Holy Ghost Parish, from 1920 to 1930. It was renovated between 1995 and 1997. The site includes the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin, Christ the King Shrine, Grotto of the Sacred Heart, the Eucharistic Altar, the Holy Ghost Tree, the Patriotism Shrine and the Crucifixion Group.Although most of the site's components are religious in nature, the Patriotism Shrine includes depictions of Columbus, Washington and Lincoln. According to Anne Pryor, a cultural anthropologist, this shrine was erected to demonstrate the patriotism of Catholics; Protestant Americans of the time believed that Catholics' allegiance to the Pope conflicted with their allegiance to the United States.The Dickeyville Grotto was perhaps inspired by the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa which Paul Dobberstein began in 1912 and continued to work on until his death in 1954. Father Wernerus attended St. Francis Seminary and may have also been influenced by Dobberstein's first grotto which is found on seminary grounds.
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  • Grottos like this are truly one of a kind. I stopped by here on my way back from Dubuque and it was very much worth it. It's so incredible how little gems like this in the middle of nowhere can really...  read more »
  • We recently went on a ride to see some fall color and stopped at this Grotto by accident. What a beautiful tribute to God and Country. .i wish they had more literature on the how and why this was buil...  read more »
  • This is a nice little surprise for a small town. It is amazing the time and effort put into creating this tribute to God. It was fascinating to see what they choose to include in this grotto and is a ...  read more »
  • Don't miss seeing this unique grotto. It's one of a kind. I love structures made out of rock, nature and showing creativity and industriousness. There is garden with rock creatures and statues. The grotto was built by a priest in the 1930s and includes large shrines to Jesus, Christopher Columbus, and the Virgin Mary. It is essentially a 3D mosaic made from gems, tiles, rocks, minerals, sea shells, pottery, antlers, and other assorted oddities.
  • Well worth visiting!
  • thanks samueal mazzachoulai graze millone
  • One of those roadside attractions that MUST be seen to be believed.
  • Unique Roadside attraction worth the drive! Revel in the bizarre mosaics and find all the glass slippers, broken china, and amazing glass. Bring cash, the gift shop does not take credit cards. We spent the night in nearby Galena which was a great overnight stop!
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