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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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Good place to mediate.

Very serene. Beautiful view from top cliff. Did go during Christmas time few times. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sacramento, California
Beautiful and peaceful setting

this is such a quiet and peaceful place, I think I am going to come back here more often. I can... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Theresa A
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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 yesterday

Very serene. Beautiful view from top cliff. Did go during Christmas time few times. Wonderful place. Don’t need to be religious to go.

Thank phoenixspirit88
Reviewed 4 days ago

this is such a quiet and peaceful place, I think I am going to come back here more often. I can imagine the gardens in full bloom, wandering the paths and just taking in all this beautiful place has to offer. The meditation chapel is...More

Thank Theresa A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved this place. Mass was holy, church gorgeous! Gardens worth every minute. Make sure you take the elevator. Great parking lot! Go! Go! Go!

Thank Carolturkia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has always been a place to go to if you wish a quiet, almost meditative spot, in Portland. We went during the Christmas show of lights which is a huge event and a lot of people are there as are vendors and lots of...More

1  Thank Allen R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens, uncultured on the lower level and cultured on the upper level. Wonderful collection of art of various mediums. So beautiful and peaceful. Just to wonder the gardens is a delight. Can't believe it is so close to freeway and airport. The meditation room...More

1  Thank Phyllis P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Grotto was off the beaten path and worth the stop. We came across it from word of mouth and once there, it was so relaxing and peaceful. It was during the weekday with few people around, the gift shop was also nice. A beautiful...More

Thank carolsN705NE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a working worship area. Although Catholic/Christian based, the spiritual aspect is still there. It's 2 levels of statues and structures with a hand made tile labyrinth. Its a must check out.

Thank Khristi L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful place for contemplation and renewal. Well-cared for grounds and friendly staff make for a very pleasant day-trip.

Thank alexd_greengoddess
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though my husband and I are not Catholic, this was a beautiful, peaceful place to visit. There are two tiers. You can pay to go up to the top which has a fantastic view. The gardens are amazing. Lots of statues.

Thank OdellC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful place to spend some quiet time, contemplating God and simply walking through nature. The grounds are very pretty. We came during Christmas but missed seeing the lights. Even still, we and our 12 years old daughter enjoyed the time we spent here. Great little...More

Thank Marlo K
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Tabby E
12 October 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
We went in December in the rain to see the lights and it was great! Umbrella works just fine and was not very crowded.
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.