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Ave Maria Grotto

1600 St. Bernard Ave. SE, Cullman

Ave Maria Grotto Visit for Two or Four Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids (Up to 66% Off)

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

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3 days ago
This is well worth the trip!!!! The beauty and detail of the works of art bring them to life and the tranquility of the trail winding through is inspiring and relaxing! They should charge well more for the privilege to experience this hidden treasure!
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July 17, 2020
Absolutely amazing. Beautiful and shaded.
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July 16, 2020
We live about an hour away and came down for a day to get away. Super way to spend some outside time, went on a Monday and not busy at all. We met the groundskeeper, Dale; he gave us an insiders tour. I’m amazed at the attention to detail he has to keep everything looking sharp as well as the restoration work. He also recommended that we go see the shrine of the most blessed sacrament & it was fab
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June 17, 2020
Great time very beautiful and peaceful
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June 14, 2020
Very friendly and informative. Easy to redeem my groupon voucher.
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June 14, 2020
This is an amazing piece of art and history that everyone should see. It’s moving and spiritual, but beautiful and inspiring. A true artist created this masterpiece, and you’ll be acting like a detective to figure out how he did this. It’s awesome!!!
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June 8, 2020
Great experience! Go check it out if you have not already done so!
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May 17, 2020
A beautiful, peaceful setting yielding ah ma zing ly handcrafted miniature replicas, of some of the world’s important architectural feats, rendered by a monk. Excellent walking tour for children and adults alike. A must-see attraction hidden away at St. Bernard’s in Cullman, AL.
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What You'll Get

Choose from Three Options

  • $6.38 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $9.35 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $7.65 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.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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.

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