Rudolph, Wisconsin: Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave
Elaborate religious grotto and shrine created by a priest and finished by volunteers.
- 6975 Grotto Ave., Rudolph, WI
- Northeast side of town, north of Main St. on Grotto Ave.
- May 1-Oct 30 Daylight hours. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave
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Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave is along the lines of the Dickeyville Grotto and the Grotto of the Redemption, and definitely fits into your dementia concretia category.
In 1912, Father Wagner visited the Grotto of our Lady in Lourdes, France. He prayed that should his health be restored, he promised to build a shrine in Mary's honor. In 1927, Father Wagner began building a European-style shrine in Rudolph, WI, that included acres of gardens, bridges, paths and sculptures.
Father Wagner died in 1959, but with the help of many volunteers over the years, the last project was completed in 1983. The Wonder Cave is a little cheesy, but the rest of it is really cool, interesting and impressive.
[Mary Norvell, 08/17/2010]
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