The Ave Maria Grotto, 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.
The gift shop provides entry to a forested trail, winding down past several miniature building clusters and junk-bejeweled shrines. The site features an entire hillside packed in urban splendor with cathedrals and famous building. One half of the hillside features buildings and scenes from the Holy Land. There's also a central artificial cave--the Av e Maria Grotto. Among the numerous replicas are the famous buildings of Jerusalem and the Holy Land; Roman Landmarks, the famous Spanish Missions of the American Southwest; and replicas of the famous Shrines of Our Lady, Fatima and Lourdes.
Other Sports and Sporting Events nearby:
(Cullman) Heritage Park
(Vinemont) Hurricane Creek Park
(Gadsden) Noccalula Falls Park
(Oneonta) Palisades Park
(Cullman) Sportsman Lake Park
05/20 Coming to The Cullman area
Mountain Brook Spring Art Show Mountain Brook AL April20 Up to one hundred local member artists
will display original artwork for sale in an outdoor setting in quaint Mountain
Brook near Crestline Village. Artwork available will range in size from minis to
extra large canvases and all price ranges. Jazz band will be featured and food
will be available at field.
Panoply Arts Festival Huntsville AL April26-28 Each spring in the heart of the Rocket City the arts are in full bloom at the Panoply Arts Festival.
Tennessee Strawberry Festival Dayton TN May4-11 The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is the celebration of small town life. It offers a chance for our community to showcase its beauty, history and commitment to family values.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Car Show Birmingham AL October11-13 Triumph Dealers of North America display,
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Merchandise Trailer featuring event TShirts, Pins, and Posters,
Official Barber Vintage Festival event merchandise,
Southern Vintage Fire Apparatus Association display, and
New Salem Mountain Festival Lookout Mountain GA October12-13 Exhibits will include pottery, paintings, furniture, wood turning, wood carving, stained glass, jewelry, candles, iron works, wreaths, baskets, chair caning, leather, luggage, purses, quilts, throws, soap, dog accessories, brooms, scarves, needlework, clothing and accessories, fabrics, chimes, vegetables, jellies, condiments and much more.
Kentuck Festival of the Arts Northport AL October19-20 Nationally and internationally acclaimed folk artists,
270+ folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople presenting their work to you,
free hands-on art-making for children in Kentuck for Kids and throughout the park,
interactive live demonstrations by expert craftspeople—basketmakers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, traditional potters, fiber and fabric artists, quilters, jewelers, and a glassblower,
live music and story-telling, food and fellowship.