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Holy Family Shrine, Gretna
(5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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  • I am not catholic, but appreciate the spirit I feel when I am in holy places. The structure is beautiful and the grounds are so peaceful even being so close to the freeway. It took us a year to go see...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful landscaping. Plenty of places to sit in nature. The shrine itself is peaceful, cooled/heated. So beautiful! 
  • MUST SEE - amazing experience - soooo peaceful - allocate the 2 - 3 hours where you can take in the entire location ... If I am in the area again on first things to do ! 
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  • A spiritual oasis on the prairie! If you're passing by Gretna, Nebraska on Interstate 80, do yourself a favor and stop in to this oasis of peace. No matter your faith, or lack thereof, you'll find something to appreciate here, even if it's just the architecture, the beauty of the natural surroundings, or the butterflies. We stopped here on a recent family road trip and were so happy that we did. The place is beautiful. As a fan of the Cooper Chapel in Arkansas, If you're a fan of the architectural work of architect E. Fay Jones, you have to stop to see this. I really enjoyed spending some time here in prayer. For those who are Christian, specifically Catholic Christians, you'll find much to appreciate in the design and the architectural elements of the shrine, from the tomb-like entrance, to the shroud-like sculpture in the entry, to the little creek that flows along the path and into the chapel and beneath the altar, which are to remind us of baptism. The views are terrific. As we sat praying, butterflies floated outside the windows in the natural flowers and grass planted next to the chapel. It's an awesome setting. This would be a fantastic place to attend Mass, which is offered only once a week on Saturday morning. You can see the shrine from the freeway. It's a short drive to get to it. Future plans include large bronze Stations of the Cross on the property. There's also a small gift area that sells Rosaries and other devotional items. This is a place well worth stopping, especially during a hectic road-trip.
  • A great place to visit and relax. The quiet location sits on a hill overlooking I-80. It can be seen driving to and from Omaha. The shrine is free to visit during normal hours and they have a visitor center. There are small walking paths and benches outside of the shrine as well. I recommend stopping by and seeing the spot, especially at sunset. If anything it is a beautiful piece of architecture.
  • So beautiful and peaceful. Truly a blessing and shows importance of giving to the church financially now, not when it is convenient. The benevolence of others helped me become closer to God today.
  • It is very unique glass church on the top of hill. There is a great view also. There is a dirt road rolling over a hill get you there but it is totally worth of effort.
  • This place is absolutely amazing. Make it a must when you drive by on Route 80. Take at least an hour. Also, check online whether they have scheduled concerts or church services. I will should the occasion ever arise again.