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There’s A Little Known Unique Garden Park In Alabama… And It’s Truly Amazing

Alabama is home to many amazing places. Of all these places, one stands out among the rest because of its uniqueness. This unique place that Alabama is proud to call its own is the one and only Ave Maria Grotto, which is located in Cullman.

Ave Maria Grotto, known as “Jerusalem in Miniature,” is a four-acre garden park that’s located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey—in an old quarry. It features 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings and religious shrines that were created by Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. This incredible project took him nearly 50 years to complete. A few of the discarded items he used to complete his project included costume jewelry, sea shells, tiles, bricks, marbles and plastic animals.

These beautiful photos show how amazing Ave Maria Grotto truly is:

What do you think? Have you ever visited this unique garden park in Alabama? If not, don’t forget to add it to your summer bucket list. It truly is an amazing place!

Ave Maria Grotto
1600 St Bernard Dr
Cullman, AL 35055

Hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Jennifer
Jennifer is the Alabama staff writer for Only In Your State.