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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
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Sanctuary in the middle of the city

Beautiful and serene. Free and ample parking at the entrance, although weekends it can get pretty... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Francisco, California
A blessing

It was an amazing experience, with small children they enjoyed it as well. The weather was great... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful and serene. Free and ample parking at the entrance, although weekends it can get pretty packed. You'll pass the gift center as you walk in, and follow the path until you reach the grotto and outdoor mass venue. Here you'll find the visitor's center,...More

Thank Wanderlustfulme
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was an amazing experience, with small children they enjoyed it as well. The weather was great! Tranquility.

Thank Alexia V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place, even if it was raining. A little disappointing that the elevator was so expensive. Nice museum shop and the church was also nice.

Thank Nina R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always take the kids to see the Christmas lights each year. Parking is a bit of an issue, but you can normally find a place to park within a few blocks. They have volunteers helping everywhere and a couple of years we helped to...More

Thank RichardSTigard
Reviewed 1 week ago

this grotto is a catholic sanctuary that holds normal services, open to the public, works and functions on primarily donation basis. very easy to spend 3-4 hours relaxing here, large trees and foliage make this place ideal almost year round.... a great place to go...More

1  Thank christophersC9529EN
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a stunning, relaxing place to visit. Take a ride up the elevator to see the amazing view from inside the meditation building. Floor to ceiling windows and comfy couches draw you in to create peace in your soul. Beautiful grounds are well worth the...More

Thank subeenorfy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attended a wedding here and came early just to see everything. So beautiful from start to finish. It is definitely worth it to buy your token to go take the elevator up to the meditation room and Upper gardens. The view is spectacular and the...More

Thank Kelsey W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the morning at The Grotto, also known as the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. The Grotto Cave and visitor center were on the street level. Be sure to watch the excellent video in the visitor center before going to the upper level...More

Thank ARretired
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been advised that this was a wonderful place to visit . There are beautifully designed grounds with a chapel and grotto on the lower level. You can access the second level by using a coin (part of the entry fee)that will allow you...More

Thank Sharon T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a photographer, I love to shoot portraits at the Grotto. It is beautiful year-round. I also go with my family for the holiday celebration. It's worth seeing every year.

Thank amypink1
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Linda M
What is the admission cost for a senior?
17 May 2017|
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Response from ratish17 | Reviewed this property |
it's priceless to go on top and much more worth the $5 to be paid.
any near by overnight accommodations that alow dogs?
29 November 2016|
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Response from sbeguy | Reviewed this property |
check location of Motel 6 allows pets. Air BNB try that too.
Elizabeth S
How far is it from 5522 north commercial ave, Portland Oregon?
31 August 2016|
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Response from Ann J | Reviewed this property |
Since I live in IN, I have no clue of how far it is, but if you use Google or MapQuest, you can get your answer right away. Good luck in your search!