Happy Sunday friends! What a perfect day to finish off my mini series on Oregon. The Grotto, which is formally known as The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother is located in Portland, Oregon. It is a place where thousands of people come to during easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Grotto, as the name suggest, is known for a small cave which houses the catholic shrine dedicated to Mary, Our Sorrowful Mother (pictured above). This shrine overlooks an outdoor plaza which is used to hold masses when weather permits. In easter, the chapel of Mary is where masses are held and I suggest that you come REALLY early if you want to sit anywhere in the church.
Other than the shrine, the Grotto is also known for their botanical gardens. It is located above the shrine which you will need to take an elevator to get to for a small fee. I have been to the garden a few times. But unfortunately, this year we decided to skip out since baby M was HAAANGRY (for some reason this always happens right after church even when she eats a HUGE breakfast). But, if you really want to see pictures of the garden you can always look it up on google or go to the Grotto’s official website.
You don’t need to be a catholic to visit the Grotto; everyone is welcome. If you are looking for a beautiful serene and quiet place to gather your thoughts or just wanting to get out of the chaos of the city and be at peace, then this is the place to be.
I am looking forward to my next trip to Oregon. If you have any suggestions on what to do, where to eat and where to go, please comment down below.