Cullman, Alabama: Ave Maria Grotto

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Saint Bernard Abbey

Address:
1600 St. Bernard Drive SE, Cullman, AL
Directions:
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. Grotto entrance building on right. Grotto not wheelchair accessible.
Hours:
M-Sa 9-5; Du 11:30-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
256-734-4110
Admission:
Adults $10; 13-17 $8, 5-12 $7, Seniors AAA/AARP $8
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Ave Maria Grotto.

Ave Maria Grotto

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.

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Ave Maria Grotto.

Ave Maria Grotto

Such a quirky, beautiful and peaceful place. Whether you are religious or not, its easy to appreciate the unique art Brother Joseph created. Kids thought it was really cool too!

[Lauren Weber, 04/06/2022]

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

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]

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Abandoned Airplane Gas StationAbandoned Airplane Gas Station, Vinemont, AL - 9 mi.
Clarkson Covered BridgeClarkson Covered Bridge, Cullman, AL - 10 mi.
Car Half in the GroundCar Half in the Ground, Cullman, AL - 11 mi.
In the region:
Full Moon Mural, Birmingham, AL - 46 mi.

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