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Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman, Alabama
The Ave Maria Grotto is located on the grounds of St. Bernard’s Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. The Grotto consists of a landscaped hillside of 125 small stone and cement structures constructed by Brother Joseph Zoetl, a Bavarian-born monk. Along with stone and concrete, Brother Joseph used common household items in his creations. The grotto contains miniature replicas of historic and religious sites, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Lourdes Basilica Church. This unique attraction is a draw for the religious and nonreligious alike.

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