Cullman, Alabama: Ave Maria Grotto Team Field Report

Saint Bernard Abbey

1600 St. Bernard Drive SE, Cullman, AL
Saint Bernard Abbey. I-65 exit 308, then drive east, through town, on US Hwy 278 for 3.5 miles. Turn right at St. Bernard Drive SE onto the Abbey grounds. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the Grotto entrance building on the right.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $7.
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Ave Maria Grotto.

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One monk's masterpiece, an old quarry filled with miniature versions of the world's most famous buildings. It took him 25 years to build. Report... [09/27/2015]

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Miniature models of Mediterranean-style buildings and temples line one side of an outdoor path.

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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

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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]
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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]

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