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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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Highlights

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

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Karen
1 ratings1 reviews
March 27, 2021
Wonderful place, such beauty
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Tabatha
1 ratings1 reviews
March 27, 2021
Incredible sculptures, art work, and life story of the creator. Must see if you are in the area.
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Katie
7 ratings3 reviews
March 27, 2021
Fun time w kiddos
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Evelyn
1 ratings1 reviews
March 14, 2021
Very beautiful and interesting
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Andrew
4 ratings2 reviews
February 19, 2021
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MaryHELPFUL REVIEWER
5 ratings3 reviews
February 17, 2021
The Grotto is awesome! We were on our way to Florida, and the Grotto was several miles off our beaten path, but it was well worth the trip. It is truly amazing that a man could make the number of carvings that he did in his lifetime. The gift store was also interesting, and don't leave without buying a loaf of Monk's Bread. I wish I had bought several loaves to freeze them. It's wonderful toasted.
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Heather
2 ratings2 reviews
February 7, 2021
We enjoy this place. It is nice and relaxing. I do think they could do a little clean up or leaf blowing around the miniatures. Will likely return again when it is not so chilly to enjoy more of the outdoors.
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Teresa
1 ratings1 reviews
December 27, 2020
Great place to visit
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About This Deal

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.

Need To Know

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.