Ave Maria Grotto

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1600 St. Bernard Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055 1600 St. Bernard Ave. SE, Cullman Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
+12567344110
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There's a whole culture of beauty, wonder, and imagination waiting for you at Cullman's Ave Maria Grotto, AL. Head on over here today and get your fix of culture, fun, adventure, discovery, and more.

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    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 4 days ago
Make sure you visit the gift shop and buy some of the monk's bread.
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Report | 6 days ago
On hot summer days, make sure to go early. A unique experience! The gift shop is nice and the people at the desk were very friendly and helpful. It was definitely worth the trip and the price was just right with the Groupon!
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Report | 15 days ago
Beautiful place to visit.
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Report | 19 days ago
Beautiful and very inspirational. The people in the gift shop were so sweet and amazingly helpful.
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Report | 22 days ago
It was a hot day when we visited. Next time, I'll go early Spring or Fall.
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Report | 23 days ago
Worth the drive but it needs more maintenance. The pictures of the place are showing a much better version of the status that currently is in.
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Report | a month ago
It takes just about 30 to 45 mins to see all 125 miniature churches and shrines. They are beautiful.
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Report | a month ago
The Grotto was fine... Groupon needs to explain what they want when they provide 5 stars with no explanation and say "Click a star to rate." Maybe a legend beneath the stars would suffice.
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Report | a month ago
Amazing. A must see in the area.
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Report | 2 months ago
Try to go when it's a little cooler so you can take your time and enjoy it.
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The life's work of Brother Joseph Zoettl began as little more than a hobby. Originally born in Bavaria in 1878 as Michael Zoettl, Brother Joseph chose to join the Benedictine order at a young age and ended up at St. Bernard Abbey, where he was tasked with working the power plant. His long days of hard work were only interrupted by the weekly opportunities to attend Sunday Mass, so he decided to make the most of his free time by embracing a hobby: creating miniatures.

Beginning with cement, Brother Joseph patiently constructed a scale replica of a church. Visitors flocked to see his early creations, so Brother Joseph continued his hobby while gradually increasing the ambitious scope of his projects. Over the course of the next 40 years, he would go on to create the 125 miniature reproductions of iconic churches, shrines, and buildings that currently fill Ave Maria Grotto's four acres of park land.

Often made of the marbles, cold-cream jars, broken bathroom tiles, costume jewelry, and pieces of colored glass that were mailed to him by admirers, Brother Joseph's meticulously intricate miniatures include everything from the basilica in Lourdes to a prophetically accurate model of the International Space Station.

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