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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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Address: Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
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An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of...

An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace &quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.

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The Grotto is beautiful if you like to walk around gardens and see the historic grounds. Great place for families and check out their choral events and services.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Grotto is beautiful if you like to walk around gardens and see the historic grounds. Great place for families and check out their choral events and services.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a Portland treasure, whether you're Catholic or not. It's a great place to find peace and tranquility and to contemplate life. Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Ambrose Mayer prayed at the local church when his mother nearly died while giving birth to his sister. He told God he would create a beautiful work if he would spare... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I try to stop by the Grotto everytime I'm in pdx. So beautiful and peaceful. Anytime of year you go, it's amazing. Great at Christmas, with all the lights. If you go in the summer, and the weather is nice, you can catch mass outside. Great gift shop as well.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Would like to return in the Spring, when the roses are in bloom. Likely looks different every season! Just beautiful and serene. Meditation building is jaw-dropping.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice walk with great views of Portland and Mount Hood. It is very quiet and peaceful. I would recommend taking the elevator to the upper portion otherwise you miss the true aspect of The Grotto.

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grotto is a beautiful sanctuary. We toured the church, stores, Grotto and half of the upper part of the Sanctuary. We enjoyed our time there. If I get back to Portland, OR, I would stop back to finish my walk through the upper part of the Sanctuary.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grotto is a Roman Catholic garden with beautiful architecture, culturally diverse art, spectacular views, and ample parking. They have seasonal events and welcome all regardless of religion. The main attraction is the cave that has been made into a religious shrine.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely and surprising setting. We go for the Festival of Lights every year on Christmas Eve. Most spiritual and amazing place.

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Thank MARGO G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to escape the seemingly growing chaos in Portland. You can feel as though you are in Europe by visiting the cathedral which is beautiful. The Grotto itself is a tad cheesy, but still is something to enjoy taking in while strolling around. I'd recommend heading up to the top. The view from the meditation chapel... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A cute little place to go when the Chrismas light display is running...but not worth even close to the price of admission.

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