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 Open 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 | 3 days ago
Beautiful. Great trip with my family.
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Great experience!
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I had a really great experience. It was even better than I expected
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Peaceful
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Report | 2 months ago
We love visiting this very special garden and museum of sorts. I see something new every time I come. It is a peaceful place for redaction as well.
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Report | 3 months ago
Beautiful place! Glad we got to visit when we were in town
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Report | 3 months ago
My girlfriend and the kids loved it so it was good
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great place
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Report | 4 months ago
it was so peaceful
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My husband was skeptical but he really loved it and we had to drag him out as they were closing. The displays were remarkable. I'm a miniaturist and still can't imagine how the artist managed to create the scenes. The one draw back- we didn't know if they had wheel-chairs-which they did but the paved walkways were sooo steep I would have been afraid to bring my mother. The gift shop was another great attraction. We spent over 1/2 hour there and bought some very nice items.
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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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