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The Grotto

  • 8840 N.E. Skidmore St. Main entrance: N.E. Sandy Blvd. at N.E. 85th Ave. Map It
  • Northeast
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/28/2014

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Owned by the Catholic Church, the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, as it's officially known, displays more than 100 statues and shrines in 62 acres of woods. The grotto was carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff, and has a replica of Michelangelo's Pietà. The real treat is found after ascending the cliff face via elevator, as you enter a wonderland of gardens, sculptures, and shrines, and a glass-walled cathedral with an awe-inspiring view of the Columbia

River and the Cascades. There's a dazzling Festival of Lights at Christmastime (late November and December), with 500,000 lights and more than 150 holiday concerts in the 600-seat chapel. Daily masses are held here, too. Hours can vary seasonally so call ahead if visiting late in the day.

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8840 N.E. Skidmore St. Main entrance: N.E. Sandy Blvd. at N.E. 85th Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97294, United States

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  • Plaza level free; elevator to upper level $4.50
  • Daily 9–sunset

Updated 10/28/2014


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