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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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Favorite time to go in CHRISTMAS TIME (Evening)

Lights, music shows (Included in the admission fee). It's a beautiful place for everyone to go... read more

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Portland, Oregon
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Back in 2012 on our first visit to Oregon we stayed in the nearby Travelodge and the lady on... 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.
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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 today

Lights, music shows (Included in the admission fee). It's a beautiful place for everyone to go during the CHristmas time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Back in 2012 on our first visit to Oregon we stayed in the nearby Travelodge and the lady on reception said “There is a beautiful Grotto nearby that is worth a visit even if you’re not religious “. We went and found it incredibly peaceful...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a sanctuary and place for meditation. Hard to believe such a place is so close to a large, important city. While it may not be terribly interesting to followers of other religions, but a real “must see” for Catholics.

Thank mbg x
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'll start off by saying I'm a Catholic, so visiting this place was more than just a "tourist destination" for me. That being said, there is a BEAUTIFUL garden at the top that is worth the walk through - there is a nominal entrance fee...More

Thank Love2usday
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For several years we have wanted to visit here but until this month, the timing of our trips. didn't make it happen. We made a point of stopping an extra day in Portland on our way from AZ to WA and stayed about a mile...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is an incredible garden to tour, with many religious statues, as you follow the paths thru the gardens. Plus has amazing views across the valley, from the cliff-top location.

Thank ECPatricia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very quiet and peaceful place for prayer...even with all the people around....beautiful grotto and stonework and right in the middle of the city. Amazing...great place to take a break from the busy touristy activities and slow down and contemplate life...or whatever.

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to the Grotto since I was a little girl. It was one of my favorite places. Nice little gift store and so very peaceful.

Thank J A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to attend Catholic mass on a Sunday morning since mass is outside. Love the feeling of this outdoor community celebrating together at mass.

Thank ILglen
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We've been told that The Grotto is a must see when in Portland especially at night during Christmastime because the millions of lights are wondrous. We'd like to see that one day, but we're happy to report that a visit during the day is just...More

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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.
3 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
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.