A natural gallery in the woods, The Grotto is 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 beautifully sculpted statues, reflection ponds, spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and award-winning architecture offer inspiration for all who visit. Gardens and gift shop are open daily.
An isolated Treasure within the bustle of the City
One hundred years ago a grotto was created into this incredible rock face where soon later was installed a beautiful reproduction of Michaelangelo’s Pieta. This beautiful work of man’s craftsmanship stands today amidst an inner-city secluded area inspiring meditation and solemnity inspiring self-contemplation and thoughtful introspection in nature’s beauty within a 62-acre ecological enclave. One can leisurely, yet wondrously meander the walk paths of this remarkable garden/park to quietly ponder, picnic or serenely contemplate the open seclusion of nature’s marvelous wonder. When visiting Portland, this is a must visit – enjoy a couple of hours of tranquility. It is truly a gem and isolated treasure within the bustle of the city.
Out of this world
Absolutely beautiful. Feels like you’re in another country. A must visit whether you are a religious/spiritual individual or not. It’s similar to a Japanese garden- tranquil and peaceful.
Quiet respectful place
Secret hideout outside Portland that is amazing. Such a quiet reflective, respectful place. It served as a lasting memory from our trip to Portland. The views were a little smoky due to the local fires but well worth the visit.
A very spiritual experience.
I visited the Grotto on Easter Sunday. It was a rainy day, but it didn't spoil the spiritual experience of being there. I went up to the higher level and peacefully walked the paths that winded around various statues, a labyrinth, and prayer spots. The gift shop had a host of religious and spiritual objects, books, candles, etc.
A great view
The upper garden was definitely worth visiting. Took about half an hour to walk around and then time to look out from the observation deck. Token for lift up to gardens was $9.95 and you can see the shrine for free.