Ave Maria Grotto Visit for Two or Four Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids (Up to 52% Off)

Ave Maria Grotto

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Landscaped four-acre park holds 125 miniature replicas of the world's famous churches and shrines

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in one visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Building miniatures either requires patience and a steady hand or a friendly relationship with the Lilliputian stonemasons' union. Enjoy someone else's hard work with this Groupon.

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  • $7 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $14 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $11 for admission for two adults and two kids ages 6 to 12 (up to $23 value)

In a beautifully landscaped four-acre park, guests view 125 miniature reproductions of some of the world's famous churches and shrines.

Ave Maria Grotto

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.

Customer Reviews

It was beautiful! Extremely interesting, and the gardens were so calm and peaceful. Will hopefully be going back in the fall.
Anna W. · July 27, 2014
The Grotto has an artistic form that you just don't see very often. After having traveled to Italy, it brought back many memories.
Barbara G. · February 14, 2014
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.
Vicky T. · February 13, 2017
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    Ave Maria Grotto

    1600 St. Bernard Ave. SE

    Cullman, AL 35055


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