Grotto Of Redemption

West Bend, Iowa

United States of America

Address

300 N Broadway Ave

West Bend, Iowa

Phone

(515) 887-2371

Latitude

42.964190

Longitude

-94.445096

A religious shrine in West Bend, Iowa - the Grotto is said to be the largest in the world. It is also considered to be the worlds most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells and other petrifications. The shrine includes a museum and is a highly visited tourist attraction.

Wikipedia

The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption is a religious shrine located in West Bend, Iowa, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. A conglomeration of nine grottos depicting scenes in the life of Jesus, the Grotto contains a large collection of minerals and petrifications and is believed to be the largest grotto in the world.

It is also "considered to be the world's most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells, and petrifications in one place." The total value of all the rocks and minerals which make up the Grotto is over $4,308,000. Over 100,000 people visit the Grotto each year.

The shrine includes a museum with precious and semiprecious stones from throughout the world, and photos and artifacts about the construction of the shrine.

Provided By: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grotto_of_the_Redemption

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