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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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National Shrine Grotto

Very holy site. Relaxing and a great place to unwind. Leading to the Grotto you can follow the... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
beas3
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Frederick, Maryland
A Great Place to Feel at Peace

I have driven through Emmittsburg dozens of times on my way to Pennsylvania and have always admired... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2018
anr002
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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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
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Very holy site. Relaxing and a great place to unwind. Leading to the Grotto you can follow the Stations of the Cross. Very small children might get bored but you should bring the whole family no matter what. Also bring something to fill up with...More

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

I have driven through Emmittsburg dozens of times on my way to Pennsylvania and have always admired the statue of Mary which is visible from Route 15. I decided to stop by and see this statue up close. It was worth the side trip. Even...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

My wife is a good Catholic and we have visited the shrine dozens of times, sometimes to attend mass at the glass chapel (70 miles from home), but usually to walk through the gardens so she can take some time to pray at the grotto...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

I was greatly moved by my walk through the shrine. There are mosaics, statues, and memorials throughout the grounds. One can linger over these on the way to the chapel and grotto, or simply absorb the peaceful atmosphere and extraordinary view. As this was my...More

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Reviewed 23 November 2017

This is a lovely place to visit and it is very peaceful and serene. There is a lovely view of the surrounding farmland and mountains that is very pretty. The short walk to the Grotto and Chapel is filled with statues and fountains as well...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

This is an incredible place to stop on your trip to Gettysburg or Emmitsburg. Quiet, peaceful, and holy ground to connect with God and nature.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This was a stop well worth time. The meandering path in the woods with little alcoves with quotes, monuments or a seat can be found all through the grotto. The story behind the grotto is moving and seeing a stone from Lourdes in the wall...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

After years of driving by I finally stopped at the Grotto and spent a peaceful/prayer full time there. Beautiful works of art hidden along a forest path. The place brings out in you a deep sense of peace and spirituality no matter what your religious...More

Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

You can see the gold statue of Our Lady nestled in the foliage on the hill. Plenty of free parking. There is a cart to help those who need it get from the parking lot to the main building. Be sure to get the free...More

Thank SirPenLadyGwen
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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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CC C
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.
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