Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ave Maria Grotto

Sometime back when Theda and I went to Destin Fl we stopped at the Ava Maria Grotto in Culluman AL. I found this place on the Roadside America website following my friend Margie's lead on finding good places to stop to see interesting places on the way. With my AAA membership, admission was $5 which was a good deal and we were there about 3 hours.

The Ave Marie Grotto is at St Bernard Abbey in Culluman. The Grotto consists of a landscaped hillside of 125 small stone and cement structures, the handiwork of the creative genius, Brother Joseph Zoetl, O.S.B., a monk of the Abbey for almost 70 years.

I was intrigued by the detail and the materials used. I have made some similar structures using found items of sea shells, broken glass and broken china. Of course not to this detail and mass. I'll show a few of the pictures we took but there were so many, you just have to go see it.

Some of the titles of the minatures are: Bethlehem, The Tower of Thanks, St Peter's Shrine, Montserrat Abbey, Statue of Liberty, Red Cross Tower, Hansel & Gretel Visit the temple of the Fairies, The Holy Land, Leaning Tower of Pisa, City of Jerusalem & the Gate of Herod, Gethsemani, Crucifixion, The Resurrection, The Ten Commandments, Jacob's Well, Noah's Ark & the Tower of Babel, and on and on. It is well worth the trip to go.

It was a beautiful spring day and the gardens were beautiful.

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