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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Peace in the City.

You would have no idea this place was there unless you were looking for it. It is in a rough part... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lebanon, Oregon

Beautiful! $7 to go up to the top gardens (really cool) or free to walk around and check out the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salinas, CA, United States
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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 1 week ago

You would have no idea this place was there unless you were looking for it. It is in a rough part of Portland. Once you enter though, it is like the outside world does not exist. We were not prepared for the wet weather so...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful! $7 to go up to the top gardens (really cool) or free to walk around and check out the ground level. There's an informational video to watch for free in a small theater room behind the desk of the welcome center

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cyrinay
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I took a couple of visiting students from Vietnam who are Catholic here to experience the grotto. Too bad it was pouring down rain that day but the service was quite nice.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pam B
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

I'm not Catholic and the Grotto is. I frankly did not enjoy the Catholic-specific icons, art and so forth, but it is a truly beautiful setting with nice landscaping. I was there at night while it was raining and I don't recommend that, but I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 30 January 2019

Great place to see a concert and check out the little grotto. Very nicely manicured and wonderful during Christmastime. Beautiful light displays. Very cool chapel and ample parking.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hankypanky505
Reviewed 28 January 2019

Displays and lighting were tastefully done and quite beautiful. Pausing in the church for quiet reflection of the true meaning of the season further enhanced my experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank REG1966MHS
Reviewed 14 January 2019

We went this past Christmas with family, and what a joy to find someplace to feel the true meaning of Christmas. Will forever recommend The Grotto.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

This was my 2nd visit - once in the summer when we went to the upper level and saw the Portland skyline. Serene and restful - beautiful! This trip was to see the Christmas lights and listen to a choir singing the chapel! Beautiful lights...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cheechinsc
Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful place, pay the entry fee take the elevator up and sit in the meditation room, it’s spectacular! The Labyrinth is a wonderful moment to reflect, prayer or meditate while walking. The Gardens are beautiful, this is a very special place - don’t...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Piter92604
Reviewed 21 December 2018

I have been in different seasons, but the Christmas light display that they have during the holiday season is a joy to see. There is an entrance fee and parking can be difficult. There is an overflow lot with a shuttle back to the Grotto....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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.