Situated among the lush wooded hills of Cullman, Alabama, lies a world of miniature creations carefully crafted of recycled materials. Built by Brother Joseph Zoettl, it was dedicated on May 17, 1934 and named Ave Maria Grotto. It is visited by more than 35,000 people every year.
Walk around the park-like path and you will see miniature shrines, abbeys, basilicas, Herod’s Gate, Noah’s Ark, a dragon, and other eclectic works of art.
Here are some pictures that I took last week on an overcast day:
Take a quick peek at the trailer from the movie Brother Joseph and the Grotto – it will give you a glimpse of the life of the man behind the grotto:
Ave Maria Grotto is open 9 to 5 every day except for Christmas. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6 – 12, and $5 for seniors and AAA members. It is a short ride off of Interstate 65 in North Central Alabama.