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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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  • Stopped here on a motorcycle ride with my boyfriend. This was really incredible- amazing gemstones EVERYWHERE you looked all as part of a religious scenery and story. . Nothing else like it... 
    Stopped here on a motorcycle ride with my boyfriend. This was really incredible- amazing gemstones EVERYWHERE you looked all as part of a religious scenery and story. . Nothing else like it...  more »
  • Absolutely breathtaking. I recently lost my dad and our experience brought me to tears. Such a wonderful, spiritual experience. 
    Absolutely breathtaking. I recently lost my dad and our experience brought me to tears. Such a wonderful, spiritual experience.  more »
  • An amazing creation. The history of the grotto is amazing. Breathtaking art work. I feel this is a must see when traveling through Iowa! 
    An amazing creation. The history of the grotto is amazing. Breathtaking art work. I feel this is a must see when traveling through Iowa!  more »

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