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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 45% 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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2 ratings1 reviews
6 days ago
Beautiful and peace place. Loved!
1 ratings1 reviews
November 2, 2021
A great little family experience.
Ingridtop reviewer
10 ratings7 reviews4 photos
November 1, 2021
It is an amazing place! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Don't know how he accomplished so much during his lifetime.
Wendytop reviewer
16 ratings9 reviews
October 28, 2021
It is a beautiful place. Amazing that one man could build all these beautiful things by himself. We really enjoyed it.
Jeannetop reviewer
10 ratings9 reviews
September 23, 2021
2 ratings1 reviews
September 14, 2021
So many little gems to examine here. Peaceful and beautiful!
2 ratings2 reviews
July 31, 2021
It was just amazing!
Jennifertop reviewer
7 ratings5 reviews
July 20, 2021
I took my kids (11 and 15) to the Grotto. We all enjoyed looking at the artistry. Ask for a loaf of bread made by the monks in the gift shop.
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About This Deal

Choose from Three Options

  • $8.25 for admission for two adults (up to $14 value)
  • $15.50 for admission for four adults (up to $28 value)
  • $12.50 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 8 per person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. May be repurchased every 365 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.