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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 58% 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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1 ratings1 reviews
February 21, 2021
Nice couple get away.
9 ratings8 reviews
January 29, 2021
We had a great ladies day.Weather was great.
2 ratings1 reviews
January 10, 2021
Highly recommend a tour of the Grotto. The site is beautiful,historical and a true work of art and love. Gift shop is fantastic. You can buy the Monk’s bread, cookies, jellies, jams coffees and more food items, not to mention, books, household decor, souvenirs, etc. The restrooms were spotless also.
4 ratings2 reviews
February 19, 2021
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.
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.
6 ratings2 reviews
December 31, 2020
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December 30, 2020
This was my first time here. I thought it was fabulous! It is a self-guided tour through a quaint nature area, viewing 124 artistic and beautiful miniatures created by a former monk at the abbey. My mother suggested I go. She had been 70 years ago - she is 82 now!!! She still loved it just as much now as she did then!!!
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About This Deal

Choose from Three Options

  • $6.10 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $11.90 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $9.50 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 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. May be repurchased every 90 days. 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.