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National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes

16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700
+1 301-447-5318
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Nice upgrades !! Very beautiful

The Grotto was a lot nicer than I remember as a child. Lots of upgrades and very lovely statues... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
via mobile
Peaceful, serene, and inspiring

I have been here three times over about 50 years. Twice with my wife. This time we brought our... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Hagerstown, Maryland
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The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic shrine devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation. This beautiful mountain shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France, built about two decades after the apparition of Mary at Lourdes in 1858, and attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year from all over the world. It offers the occasion for a deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model for that journey.
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16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700
+1 301-447-5318
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

The Grotto was a lot nicer than I remember as a child. Lots of upgrades and very lovely statues. Beautiful works of art along the path to the grotto. We walked along to the upper path to enter and the lower path to leave. We...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

I have been here three times over about 50 years. Twice with my wife. This time we brought our eight year old grandson. He loved the place and while in the gift shop spontaneously looked at several books and picked out the Handbook of Prayers...More

Thank cwp101
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

A friend told me about the Shrine and I knew I had to go. While I am not a catholic I am drawn to the energy and compassion of Mother Mary. She did not disappoint! We toured the grounds and bottled the blessed water from...More

1  Thank Diana_in_VA
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This Shrine is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. A lot of walking, up and down. Walkways are paved with ample places to sit and rest. BREATHTAKING view of the valley below.

1  Thank bartman44270
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Very peaceful site in the Catoctin Mountains. Numerous stops honoring a variety of saints, with places to pray or meditate. Very modern visitor center.

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Parking is down the hill, but there is a nice drop off area for those with limited mobility, just drop off and then park down the hill. Start in the gift shop- I can spend a half hour here easily. Head out and wander the...More

1  Thank crabulous1
Reviewed 4 April 2017

A wonderful visit to this mountainside shrine for Mary. Our small group was blessed to have mass in the tiny Corpus Christi Chapel. Afterwards we prayed the rosary at the Grotto. Plenty of places and things to see and contemplate here. The natural setting and...More

Thank VW49
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I have visited the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes several times, and I must say that it takes my breath away. You are out in a beautiful natural setting where you can feel at one with nature. But to me the best part is that...More

1  Thank Doris H
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We have tried to stop here several times but always seem to get there right as it's closing. This trip just happened to be on February 11th which is the big feast day of the shrine so it was a little bit crowded and parking...More

Thank Wic808
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I'll admit it: we didn't want to be in Washington DC for inaugural day. I had attended every inauguration (Reagan, G.H.W Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, Obama) since I had been living in Washington....but this one would have been too much. So we decided to clear...More

13  Thank Mark R
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31 August 2015|
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Response from Mom2drew_katie | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the chaplains are available to bless the Grotto water to make it holy. They are on the grounds Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 3 pm. Stop by the Miller Visitor's Center and staff can assist you.