Tag archive for grotto

Grotto of the Redemption

Talk about the power of crystals! Rising out of the small town of West Bend, a part of Iowa where the landscape is seldom disturbed by anything larger than a grain silo, lies the Grotto of the Redemption.

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Shrine of the Black Madonna

This gorgeous garden of grottos was built to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa, who came to be known as the Black Madonna because of the way she appeared in early paintings. Brother Bronislaus Luszcz literally did all the building here, using rocks, broken glass, and castoff jewelry to add to the splendor. In one of the most fitting of conclusions, the good brother passed away on the grounds while hard at work on one last sculpture.

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Ave Maria Grotto – Small buildings make a big impact

Ave Maria Grotto – Joseph Zoetl 1878 — 1961 Cullman, AL Religious/spiritual environment Built: 1932 – 1958 At the age of 13, Joseph Zoettl, almost died of the flu that swept Europe.  A year later, when candidates for the St. Bernard Abbey were sought, he…

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Buol Grotto to be saved by Kohler

Preservation Wins: Dubuque Yard Grotto to be Preserved By Sarah Oltrogge An eleventh-hour rescue to save a rare Dubuque “yard grotto” will ensure its future as a link to a larger regional tradition. With a strong history for preserving grotto environments such as this, the…

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Grotto-a-go-go

  It had been a few years since I have been to the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, and wow, it was just as exciting. It took me a bit to calm down and literally focus the camera…there are so many amazing sights,…

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The best kind of war memorial…

I had gone hunting for this before, and somehow missed it. OK – I know exactly how I missed it…it isn’t really on any maps. Luck with with me today, along with the ability to surf the web at a local restaurant. Father Dobberstein, of…

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Ave Maria Grotto

Another beautiful day, another incredible grotto.  This weekend’s tour has become a study in organized cacophony.  It seems that the sites that I have seen in the last few days are so densely packed that at first glance the sheer volume seems to overwhelm.  But just…

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Rocks rocks rocks…The Molehill in Sauk Rapids and the Itasca Rock Garden in Albert Lea, MN

The Molehill, The Towers and Gardens of Antiquities and Louie’s Rock Garden Louis C. Wippich 1896-1973 Built 1949-1973 Private property, artist deceased Sauk Rapids, MN It was storming like crazy when I headed out to find the Molehill.  Luckily, the weather broke for about 20 minutes…

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Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos in Eureka, Missouri

Black Madonna Shrine—Bronislaus Luszcz  outside of Eureka, MO  Created 1938-1960  Grottos and shrine to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa  Open to the public The weather was just about as good as it gets for a summer day in Missouri…luckily there were no storms in sight….

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A Little Bit of Heaven…in Davenport, Iowa

(Photo at the entrance of the now dismantled garden) A Little Bit of Heaven—Bartlett Joshua “B.J.” Palmer  1881-1964   Folk art environment and rock garden Davenport, Iowa  |   dismantled in 1981, traces remain While running the risk of sounding like a broken record –…

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