Portland November 11, 2016
There’s No Chapel In The World Like This One In Portland
Off the beaten path in Northeast Portland is this chapel in the woods that is like no other that you will see. Named The Grotto, this expansive Catholic sanctuary and shrine is a great place to take a few minutes away from a busy day and reflect.
Dedicated to Mary, The Grotto is operated by the ministry of The Servite Friars, Order of Friar Servants of Mary.
The centerpiece of the Grotto is its rock cave shrine, carved into a 110-foot cliff.
During the summer, mass takes place outdoors here. Throughout the rest of the year, the area is home to quiet meditation and reflection.
Prayer candles are lit and many people wander the grounds to take in the beauty all around them.
The Grotto's natural setting is part of its appeal. Sitting on 62 acres, it is an oasis of greenspace for all to enjoy.
Stations of the Cross are depicted in the botanical garden, which brings in over 200,000 visitors annually.
Walking around the garden is a serene experience, and one that can be done year round whenever a little quiet reflection is needed.
The art and beautiful scenery can provide some inspiration and strength for visitors who seek it.
Inside the chapel, there is even more religious artwork to enjoy, along with some stunning views of the Columbia River from the upper level.
Mass takes place daily at the chapel, and a Festival of Lights is a huge attraction around the holidays. The Grotto is located at 8840 NE Skidmore Street.
Have you visited The Grotto? What is your favorite part?