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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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Lovely, meditative walk

Although this is a Catholic shrine, anyone of any faith (or none) will find walking through The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ketchikan, Alaska
via mobile

Loved it! Parking was free and easy and though crowded we managed a great spot. There are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gladstone, Oregon
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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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“upper gardens” (52 reviews)
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although this is a Catholic shrine, anyone of any faith (or none) will find walking through The Grotto a soothing, meditative experience. The Lower Gardens are lovely, and the art in the Upper Gardens is more than worth the modest entrance fee.

Thank mamastewart
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it! Parking was free and easy and though crowded we managed a great spot. There are attendants to assist. Admission is $11 each and I felt it was worth it for all there was to see and explore. Paved trails flanked with many beautiful...More

Thank Oceantoes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice step out of the chaos of the season to remind us what it is about. Music, religious encounters.

Thank Cathleen W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see if you are in Portland in December. I have not yet seen the Grotto in daylight, but I will. This is a lovely display of Christmas lights and music. Local bands and choirs perform. It doesn't take but about a...More

Thank kamnhb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first thought of doing a 3 hour drive from Seattle to Portland is "Why? No offense to the good people of Portland and a very nice place actually, which I found oit recently. But once yoi get to the Grotto, that 3hour drive was...More

Thank Maximuslloyd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've visited this beautiful site in the summer and during the Christmas Light Festival. Every time I visit I am inspired and feel closer to my religious beliefs. I am not Catholic, and it doesn't matter. There are several ways to enjoy the Grotto. Music,...More

Thank 2again
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were counting on this to get us into the Christmas spirit on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Big crowd that skews older and clearly is popular among the locals. Lights were pretty but not overwhelmingly great. Your experience here is likely to be very dependent...More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Grotto is a unique experience. It is dedicated to St. Mary, mother of Jesus. The grounds are beautiful, complete with a shrine to our Blessed Mother as well as smaller shrines to several saints. There is a beautiful chapel for quiet prayer and contemplation....More

Thank John_Nick_in_GA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love nature then perhaps you’ll like this place. In my humble opinion the place is very underwhelming, but I didn’t have super high expectations for it in the first place, so I gave it four stars. The staff was very friendly and there...More

Thank Ben H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Grotto was so serene and beautiful. I totally recommend paying the $4 to visit the grounds upstairs as well as the downstairs areas.

Thank Tracilees
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Tabby E
11 October 2017|
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Response from ALF4121 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think so.
2 July 2017|
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Response from RichardSTigard | Reviewed this property |
While dogs are not allowed on the upper level, they are allowed outdoors on the first level, both in the plaza and in the botanical garden. The Grotto holds special events throughout the year, including a Blessing of the... More
Linda M
17 May 2017|
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Response from Tabinosorakara | Reviewed this property |
$5 if you want to go up to the garden.