National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, Emmitsburg

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  • We were staying in nearby Gettysburg and a Priest friend of ours recommended a stop here. There are several paved paths leading up to Our Lady's Grotto all of the paths have statues along the way... 
    We were staying in nearby Gettysburg and a Priest friend of ours recommended a stop here. There are several paved paths leading up to Our Lady's Grotto all of the paths have statues along the way...  more »
  • I highly recommend a visit here to anyone, regardless of your religious beliefs. The grounds are gorgeous and you get such a peaceful feeling walking along the paths. I felt the holiness of this... 
    I highly recommend a visit here to anyone, regardless of your religious beliefs. The grounds are gorgeous and you get such a peaceful feeling walking along the paths. I felt the holiness of this...  more »
  • We arrived on a Sunday during Mass (we didn't realize they offered an outdoor mass) so there were quite a few people there. However, people were generally very respectful of the site and the... 
    We arrived on a Sunday during Mass (we didn't realize they offered an outdoor mass) so there were quite a few people there. However, people were generally very respectful of the site and the...  more »
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  • This beautiful mountainside shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes Grotto in France. At the wall beside the grotto is a small relic from the Lourdes itself. We go here every year during Good Friday for the stations of the cross. Attended masses both outdoors at the grotto with a nicely designed amphitheater type seating that can accommodate hundreds, and indoors at their chapel. Wonderful place to meditate. St. Bernadette's Shoppe (gift shop inside Miller Family Visitor center) provides a good variety of religious items for sale. Beautiful, serene, offering a wonderful sense of tranquility while walking down the paths to the grotto. Visit the Grotto water , some believe that it’s cleansing and healthy for the body and soul. Others believe it can heal. The grotto can be cold even during holy week, check the weather before you go and prepare accordingly.
  • Great Place ♿ please observe the lack of accessibility here. The parking lot is built sideways, up the mountain. Not level. I suppose you could swing through and drop off by the main entrance, but the whole thing is very UPHILL. It can be quiet a climb for somebody with mobility issues. Felt it needed to be made more clear. Rev. IDFK
  • Very peaceful historical retreat in the mountains. Tiny chapel is often closed on weekdays. Lovely little walk with plenty of benches to sit and pray or just let beauty enfold you. Wonderful gift shop, too!
  • Such a beautiful place so peaceful and empowering..an accidental find but I enjoyed the spiritual guidance and feel so blessed to spend my Sunday amongst such greatness!!!
  • Been coming here since I was a child with my family. Unbelievably tranquil and beautiful! Even in the winter it's beautiful. I have such an emotional experience once I'm at the shrine. ❤

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