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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
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You Don't Have To Be Catholic To Enjoy this place.

Pay $6 to take the elevator to the upper gardens and chill out. Off in the eery distance you can... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Southern Nevada
So peaceful

We visited on a warm summer day. It was not crowded so we took our time walking through the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Pay $6 to take the elevator to the upper gardens and chill out. Off in the eery distance you can barely make out the sounds of the city traffic. In the garden, you'll find peace and a feast for your not only your eyes but...More

Thank beetcanner
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited on a warm summer day. It was not crowded so we took our time walking through the gardens. This place is so majestic and peaceful. I wish I had known that they have outdoor mass. It only costs a few dollars to tour....More

Thank kk1249
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were visiting our youngest daughter in Portland last Christmas She invited us to The Grotto. Not knowing what to expect, we were SO surprised at the beauty. It was decorated with Christmas lights and simply beautiful. We and the kiddos enjoyed hot drinks. I...More

Thank sdrnek22
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful and serene. Free and ample parking at the entrance, although weekends it can get pretty packed. You'll pass the gift center as you walk in, and follow the path until you reach the grotto and outdoor mass venue. Here you'll find the visitor's center,...More

1  Thank Wanderlustfulme
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was an amazing experience, with small children they enjoyed it as well. The weather was great! Tranquility.

Thank Alexia V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place, even if it was raining. A little disappointing that the elevator was so expensive. Nice museum shop and the church was also nice.

Thank Nina R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always take the kids to see the Christmas lights each year. Parking is a bit of an issue, but you can normally find a place to park within a few blocks. They have volunteers helping everywhere and a couple of years we helped to...More

Thank RichardSTigard
Reviewed 1 week ago

this grotto is a catholic sanctuary that holds normal services, open to the public, works and functions on primarily donation basis. very easy to spend 3-4 hours relaxing here, large trees and foliage make this place ideal almost year round.... a great place to go...More

1  Thank christophersC9529EN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a stunning, relaxing place to visit. Take a ride up the elevator to see the amazing view from inside the meditation building. Floor to ceiling windows and comfy couches draw you in to create peace in your soul. Beautiful grounds are well worth the...More

Thank subeenorfy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended a wedding here and came early just to see everything. So beautiful from start to finish. It is definitely worth it to buy your token to go take the elevator up to the meditation room and Upper gardens. The view is spectacular and the...More

Thank Kelsey W
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Linda M
What is the admission cost for a senior?
18 May 2017|
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Response from ratish17 | Reviewed this property |
it's priceless to go on top and much more worth the $5 to be paid.
any near by overnight accommodations that alow dogs?
30 November 2016|
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Response from sbeguy | Reviewed this property |
check location of Motel 6 allows pets. Air BNB try that too.
Elizabeth S
How far is it from 5522 north commercial ave, Portland Oregon?
1 September 2016|
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Response from Ann J | Reviewed this property |
Since I live in IN, I have no clue of how far it is, but if you use Google or MapQuest, you can get your answer right away. Good luck in your search!