Cullman, Alabama: Ave Maria Grotto Team Field Report

St. Bernard College

1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman, AL
Off I-65, on St. Bernard College campus - US 278 and 69.
Apr-Sep 9 am - 6 pm, Oct-Mar 9 am - 5 pm (Call to verify)
RA Rates:
Major Fun
Save to My Sights
Ave Maria Grotto. Ave Maria Grotto
Brother Joseph Zoettl's masterpiece, a hillside cluster of miniature versions of the world's most famous religious buildings, built over 50 years. Report...

Visitor Tips and News About Ave Maria Grotto

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Ave Maria Grotto. Ave Maria Grotto

Beautiful place definitely worth the stop!

[Selena Price, 03/29/2014]

The grotto and its miniature buildings are sheltered on the side of a hill. Ongoing care and maintenance keeps everything tidy, just as Brother Joseph might have done

Ave Maria Grotto

As great at the Grotto is -- and it IS fantastic -- it's not all you get. There's a beautiful little chapel with an adjoining churchyard where all the brothers are buried. And there's a very special tour guide through the Grotto: an adorable calico cat named Calie. She follows you through and leads you back to the gift shop at the end. Seriously. This place is so worth the visit!

[Karen H., 01/29/2013]
Ave Maria Grotto

The Grotto now opens at 9 am, so don't rush to get here early. While here, be sure to visit the Abbey cemetery. There are graves going back to the very early 1900s.

[Dave Chamberlain, 03/10/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Abandoned Airplane Gas StationAbandoned Airplane Gas Station, Vinemont, AL - 9 mi.
Clarkson Covered BridgeClarkson Covered Bridge, Cullman, AL - 10 mi.
Shrine of the Most Blessed SacramentShrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, AL - 11 mi.
In the region:
Ram-Headed Southern Storyteller, Birmingham, AL - 47 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the US and Canada are our special obsession. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

March 31, 2015

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Alabama Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Wentworth Museum: Petrified Cat, Pensacola, Florida (Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Cullman, Alabama

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now