Iowa Attractions August 20, 2019
Iowa’s Magnificent Shrine And Grotto Is Truly A Work Of Art
When you think you’ve seen everything in Iowa, plan a trip to the West Bend Grotto of the Redemption is incredible “miracle in stone” is one of the most remarkable works of art in the entire world – and it’s hiding here in small town Iowa.
The remarkable Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa has been called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
It is by the largest shrine in the world, and it was put together over 90 years by Father Paul Dobberstein, starting in 1912, and his successor Father Greving.
You could spend hours getting lost walking around the shrine, and visiting this gorgeous work of art is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
The Grotto is estimated to be home to about $4.3 million worth of gems, making it the largest and most expensive collection of gems and precious stones in the entire world.
The shrine began as a tribute to the Virgin Mary. When Father Paul Dobberstein was ill wih pneumonia, he prayed and promised to build a shrine on her honor of he lived. Needless to say, he kept his word.
The shrine is divided into nine sections, each one depicting a scene in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Even if you are not religious, you'll find plenty of inspiration and beauty in the artwork.
Visiting the Grotto of the Redemption is an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world.
You'll be amazed at how a few dedicated people have put together this incredible collection of tributes and mosaics.
This breathtaking work of art is open for the public to see - have you visited yet?
Address: 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA, 50597
You can find more information about the Grotto by visiting the
official website here.
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