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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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Peaceful garden stroll

I'm not very religious, but this was still a really lovely walk through a big hillside garden... read more

Reviewed today
wherewithalicia
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Dallas, Texas
Amazing!

YOU MUST GO TO THE GROTTO! Whether you are religious or not, anyone, in my opinion, would be in awe... read more

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Long Beach, California
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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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“the upper level” (94 reviews)
“upper gardens” (54 reviews)
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
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"the upper level"
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"upper gardens"
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"meditation chapel"
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"festival of lights"
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"meditation room"
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"gift shop"
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"spiritual place"
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"lower area"
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"non catholics"
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"light a candle"
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"elevator ride"
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"petting zoo"
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Reviewed today

I'm not very religious, but this was still a really lovely walk through a big hillside garden. Everything was very beautiful even though it was the end of winter and slightly raining. The Meditation Building is really gorgeous and shows a great view of Portland.

Thank wherewithalicia
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Reviewed yesterday

YOU MUST GO TO THE GROTTO! Whether you are religious or not, anyone, in my opinion, would be in awe of this point of interest, even if it's to attend service or to just stroll the grounds. It was spiritually uplifting, motivating, captivating, and humbling....More

Thank Saffire7
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice but didn’t find it inspiring. Glad to see it busy, but that took away from the solitude. The meditation chapel was standing room only.

Thank rgauthie
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a free place to see courtesy of the Catholic Church. There is a charge if you ride up the elevator to the other paths, but it is sufficient to visit below and grotto is right there.

Thank janisferraro
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Grotto was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Not because I’m a religions person, which I’m not, but because you can see and feel the love that went into creating this beautifully place. As we walked it it did feel like...More

Thank GHRod
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Grotto on a recommendation of a friend. Glad we did. Wasn't overly crowded and we went early on a Sunday morning. There was a senior discount for the upper level and we were glad we went up to view this area. The gardens...More

Thank Donna467
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The parkingl ot was full on a Sunday and needed to wait to find a spot. The Grotto is beautiful and serene. The choir was singing in the chapel. Very nice area to come relax .

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found out about this beautiful church during my research prior to my Portland visit. Was fortunate to have opening during my schedule and decided to come by. It is one thing looking at photos from TripAdvisor or Yelp, but it is definitely a different experience...More

Thank WARREN L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit..it is beautiful and peaceful. I’m sure that when the gardens are in full bloom it’s even more beautiful! Plan to spend 1 to 1 1/2 hours here.

Thank Laura S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to stop at the Grotto during our stay in Portland. I can say we were not disappointed. It is breathtakingly beautiful and so incredibly peaceful. You do not have to be Catholic to enjoy this treasure.

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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.
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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
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Linda M
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Response from Tabinosorakara | Reviewed this property |
$5 if you want to go up to the garden.
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