The Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman, AL 2017
I spent some time wandering the beautiful Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman Alabama. Just amazing! 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time.
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Known throughout the world as Jerusalem in Miniature, is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time.
Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
1600 St. Bernard Drive SE
Cullman, AL 35055
Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman AL
AVE MARIA GROTTO IN CULLMAN AL. AMAZING work of art, created by Brother Joseph Zoetti 1878-1961, who was a Catholic Benedictine monk at St. Bernard Abbey monastery. With no formal training, he began making the miniatures from cement...as a hobby.
In 1933, a railroad car carrying marble from an Alabama quarry, derailed and overturned nearby St. Bernard. The marble was crushed and useless to its owner, who (after hearing of Brother Joe's work) then donated it to the monastery. Monks carted it to the monastery where he made the stalactites...still incredible today...even more so in person!
There are cold cream jars, ashtrays, flashlight bases, and even some broken bathroom tiles built into the Grotto...everyday objects donated by admirers of Brother Joseph's work.
He worked on theAve Maria Grotto for over 40 years, finishing his last work in 1958, AT THE AGE OF 80!!!! Consisting of over 125 miniatures and spanning 4 acres, the Ave Maria Grotto remains much as Brother Joseph left it...totally mind blowing. really.
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Frank takes us on a tour of the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama. The statuary in the grotto is the work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Catholic monk, who lived at the St. Benedict Abbey.
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Ave Maria Grotto - Amazing Monk Art
In this video we take you to an incredible roadside attraction in Cullman, Alabama which is the home to the first and only Abbey in the state of Alabama. Ave Maria Grotto is the work of one monk Brother Joseph Zoettl. He spent countless hours over the span of the majority of his life making tiny replicas of some of the most famous buildings and structures in the world. We take you through and show you his amazing artwork. Come along for the adventure!
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Ave Maria Grotto
Saint Bernard Ave Maria Grotto is located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey and consists of small stone and cement structures all hand made from pictures by Brother Joseph Zoettel. Located in Cullman, Alabama.
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Leaving Rickwood Caverns State Park we were driving north and found Ave Maria Grotto on Google Maps at just about half way to our next campground. It looked interesting so we decided to stop there. We were both very glad we did it is a one of a kind place.
Ave Maria Grotto is on the grounds of St Bernard Abbey. Brother Joseph Zoetl was a monk at this abbey for almost 70 years. He had a full time job shoveling coal for the power plant - during his spare time he started building replicas in 1912 and continued for 46 years.
The Ave Maria Grotto consists of 125 small stone and cement structures adorned with donated materials like broken tiles or plates and shells. The site was opened to the public in 1935 - it was well worth the six dollars we paid to visit there.
While we spent less than 2 hours here it was one of the highlights of our Alabama trip. You don't have to be religious to enjoy results of the devotion and imagination that Brother Joseph used to make this artwork. Most of the work was done only using pictures as he had never visited most of the places he modeled.
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Reservations: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quality Inn Cullman 5917 SR 157 North West Cullman AL 35058 The Quality Inn Hotel is located off Interstate 65. This hotel is close to several local attractions like Smith Lake Park, Heritage Park, Ave Maria Grotto, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Wallace State Community College and Clarkson Covered Bridge. The Huntsville Space Center is 45 miles from this Alabama hotel. There are a wide variety of restaurants and specialty shops in the surrounding area. The flea market is only minutes away. Special features and amenities include free deluxe continental breakfast and free weekday newspaper. Guests are invited to enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool with gazebo. This hotel offers business travelers conveniences like access to copy and fax services and competitive corporate rates. There is a meeting room that accommodates up to 20 people for most events and business functions. All guest rooms feature cable television, irons and ironing boards. In addition to standard amenities, some rooms have microwaves, refrigerators and whirlpool bathtubs. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms are also available.
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Various must-see sites are within close range from the Best Western Fairwinds Inn Cullman. Among these are the Ave Maria Grotto, Wellness and Aquatic Center, Cullman Flea Market, Cullman Museum, Smith Lake and the Evelyn Burrow Museum. Several shops and corporations are also close by.There are 50 guest rooms and suites at the Best Western Fairwinds Inn Cullman. These accommodations are outfitted with free wireless Internet connections, cable/satellite televisions, kitchen appliances, work desks, ironing equipment and telephones with free local calls. Bathrooms have hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Whirlpool tubs and sofa beds are available in suites.The Best Western Fairwinds Inn Cullman has an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center. This two-storey property also provides a business center, a meeting room, porter services, a barbecue area and a spacious parking area. Complimentary amenities include coffee services in the lobby, a full breakfast and high-speed wireless Internet access.
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