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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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Beautiful and Peaceful

We went in the fall. The leaves were turning and it was beautiful and quite meditative. The... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Aline E

It was raining off and on when we visited a couple of weeks ago but still a great place to visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gigi B
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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
+1 503-254-7371
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went in the fall. The leaves were turning and it was beautiful and quite meditative. The meditation chapel was breathtaking as was the view from there. Walking around the grounds was wonderful. Great visit!

Thank Aline E
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was raining off and on when we visited a couple of weeks ago but still a great place to visit. You don't have to be catholic to enjoy it.

Thank Gigi B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Gardens, quiet walking paths, opportunity to meditate and reflect in a picturesque setting. If you're Catholic, even more impressive due to the statues and their significance. The story behind the construction of the grotto is inspirational. Great way to recharge during a long road...More

Thank mikevera285
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the Time to think about making a night trip to The Grotto. Been there on several occasions through the years, but the best time is always around Christmas time to see all the Lights that are put out for the special occassion ........More

Thank Alphonse_of_Olde
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grotto is a fantasic and spiritual place with a lot of history in Portland, it is known for the fabulous christmas lighting and choirs during the holiday season

Thank Tangee H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out of our way to stop here. It's a lovely natural area but the Shrine itself is underwhelming and has a strange juju about it. The gift shop and their friendly staff was the best part.

Thank business_traveler008
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Statues throughout the park. Easy walking. Beautiful. If you are catholic its a must see. If you arent its just beautiful here. And its free. A must see.

Thank Kevin L
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I can spend the entire day here and I have. This is a must stop when I come to Portland. It truly is peaceful. The serenity of the pathways to different cultural stops and the meditation room with floor to ceiling glass windows is just...More

1  Thank Jetset18MelM
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is called the Grotto of Our Lady of Sorrows for good reason. In this quiet setting, you can follow a path along which are stations of the 7 Sorrows of Mary represented by the 7 swords that pierced her heart. But that is not...More

Thank Junebug937
Reviewed 11 October 2017

They light up the trees and the hills. It is wonderful. There are musicians playing, animals for the kids to pet and choruses in the chapel. Visit in December for a great experience

Thank Mary L
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Tabby E
12 October 2017|
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Response from ALF4121 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think so.
3 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
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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.