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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 60% 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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8 ratings7 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 9, 2022
This was on our itinerary and it was more than we anticipated on how the miniature buildings etc., were presented. We got a discount through Groupon but even if you don’t it worth the time. Be sure to visit the Cemetery and chapel also. The detail is amazing and the walk is tree lined. Everyone there were just awed and people spoke in low tones as if for reverence.
14 ratings13 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 5, 2022
Always love this beautiful place
14 ratings4 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 2, 2022
An amazing, one of a kind display.
2 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 29, 2022
We really enjoyed the Grotto. The villages and biblical senses were amazing. Great couple of hours.
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 23, 2022
So unique. We were heading back north from the beach and thought we’d stop for a little stretch. It was perfect. So interesting…beautiful grounds too. Then we got some wonderful fresh bread—baked by the monks. Perfect hour visit.
6 ratings4 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 18, 2022
Amazing place. So peaceful. The work is just beautiful.
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 1, 2022
So peaceful and be
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Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
March 27, 2022
Very nice, a lot of information and a visit that was well worth our time and expense.
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  • $7.50 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $11 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $9 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.

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. 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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