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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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peaceful

Does not matter what your religious preference is. This is a beautiful place to visit.Christmas... read more

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Frank A
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Portland, Oregon
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I shot a newlywed’s wedding photos here. GORGEOUS backdrop that doesn’t overwhelm the finished... read more

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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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“the upper level” (94 reviews)
“upper gardens” (54 reviews)
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
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+1 503-254-7371
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"light a candle"
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Reviewed yesterday

Does not matter what your religious preference is. This is a beautiful place to visit.Christmas lights are gorgeous. Always wonderful music . We have also visited in non Holiday times. A place to feel peaceful and grounded

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I shot a newlywed’s wedding photos here. GORGEOUS backdrop that doesn’t overwhelm the finished product. Visit while it’s lush & green, & just when the sun is about to set - the lighting will be perfect. Be aware of other brides! And avoid crowds by...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My mom loves churches, so I decided to take her here on her 1st Portland trip. The church itself is beautiful

Thank ana r
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether or not you are religious, The Grotto is a beautiful place to visit. The view from the top of the Grotto is picturesque and so peaceful. All of the art is amazing.

1  Thank AlisonPi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whatever one's religious belief or non-belief, the Grotto is a lovely site to visit. Take the elevator to the upper level and walk beautiful paths which feature sculptures and shrines dedicated to various Christian saints. The old growth trees are amazing and the piety of...More

1  Thank StanduMan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go there every Sunday or visit any time to see the beautiful scenery! Take the elevator up to walk the grounds!

1  Thank cayliejdesign
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So many place for prayer. The Vistor Center and Gift Shop are a must, you can buy candles for 7.00. Sure beauty in the area it takes more than 1 hour to see. Inside the church is the best to pray due to weather on...More

2  Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visitied here several times and enjoyed the Christmas holidays and concerts in this inspirational environment.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although I’m not Catholic I wanted to check this stop out. I’m so glad I did, it’s stunning. The massive forest combined with the rocks in mountains and the statues...I was awestruck. There is a ten minute video in the gift shop that explains the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite part about Christmas is seeing the different light displays. After moving out to Portland, I naturally I had to explore the lights! I came across the grotto and decided to take a solo trip to go explore. It was totally worth it! The...More

1  Thank Germerica11
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Tabby E
12 October 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
We went in December in the rain to see the lights and it was great! Umbrella works just fine and was not very crowded.
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narkfaith
2 July 2017|
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Response from RichardSTigard | Reviewed this property |
While dogs are not allowed on the upper level, they are allowed outdoors on the first level, both in the plaza and in the botanical garden. The Grotto holds special events throughout the year, including a Blessing of the... More
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Linda M
18 May 2017|
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Response from Tabinosorakara | Reviewed this property |
$5 if you want to go up to the garden.
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