Memphis, Tennessee: Crystal Shrine Grotto

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Memphis Memorial Park

Address:
5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN
Directions:
I-240 exit 15 (Poplar Ave., not toward Germantown) on the northwest side. Drive west, then turn into the Memphis Memorial Park cemetery. You can see the Grotto's spire from the entrance, straight ahead.
Hours:
Daily 8-4
Admission:
Free.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Crystal Shrine.

Crystal Shrine Grotto
A cavern of rock quartz and other semiprecious stones, carved out of the hillside by one man in the late 1930s. You enter through a hole in a concrete tree. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Crystal Shrine Grotto.

Crystal Shrine Grotto

Simply amazing. And free. This was a very awesome stop in Memphis, TN.

[Wanghis Khan, 02/15/2017]

It's an unusual surprise in the middle of a cemetery.

Crystal Shrine Grotto.

Crystal Shrine Grotto

Now this is a roadside attraction with some quirk to it! It's easy to find (there are signs), timing is up to you, and interesting! Be sure to look at the guest book -- people from Japan, Norway, Canada, Uruguay, and all over the US. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the art inside is really worth spending some time with. Make sure to check out the installations from different angles -- you'd miss Moses staff and the way the light shines on Jesus's lucite halo otherwise.

Great for kids -- especially if they need to burn off some energy.

[Patricia, 07/25/2013]

Crystal Shrine Grotto.

Crystal Shrine Grotto

We were surprised at how cool this place really was. Definitely worth the few extra minutes it took to detour there. We were extra amused at the fact that there seem to be quite a few weddings near the Crystal Shrine Grotto... In the cemetery. We even caught one in action. "Till death do us part" must have special meaning to those couples.

[Kelly, 10/10/2010]
Crystal Shrine Grotto

Took the whole family to the "Jesus Cave" this week and really enjoyed it. Even if you're not religious, the cave and surrounding landscaping is a sight to behold. In addition to the cave and its frescoes/statuary there is also a pond, meditation garden, and more. The artwork inside the cave is a combination of the original works done in the '30s and modern sculpture of varying mediums. Very impressive and a must-see attraction if you're ever in Memphis.

[Andy McNutt, 12/14/2003]

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