Grotto of the Redemption

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This sacred site was constructed over a 42-year period, beginning in 1912, using semiprecious stones from every state in the U.S. and every world region. The Christmas Chapel contains a 300-lb. amethyst, and Bethlehem Cave contains 65 tons of petrified wood. The spiritual place has tons of statues depicting the life of Jesus, and is said to be so heavy that its foundation is 20 feet underground. The Grotto is estimated in value at over $4 million. Over 100,000 people visit the Grotto every year.

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    300 N Broadway Ave
    West Bend, IA 50597
    United States

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    42.96418970000001, -94.44509740000001
    Palo Alto County, Iowa
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    1. I do some professional photography and captured some photos inside the church adjacent to the Grotto. On several of the photos, there is a large dark shadow, which we cannot explain. I did not have my finger over the lens or any other obstruction and no one was casting a shadow as we moved and it did not go away. The shadows showed in photos in several areas inside the church. We felt a dark presence there.

    2. Lived up in Luverne, Iowa about 20 years ago. While I lived there met a woman who had taken a bunch of pictures at the Grotto. In a lot of the photos there were ghostlike 3 dimensional images of stuff like the virgin Mary just as an example. I do not believe there is anything bad there at all. Never got the chance to go, but someday Ill return and hope to snap some photos like hers.

    3. Wow! Just stumbled onto this post & now realize why I felt so uncomfortable when I visited the Grotto many years ago. The hair on the back of my neck is standing up right now just thinking about how I felt. I couldn’t wait to get away, but was afraid to say anything with the people I was with because I thoughtbthey wouldn’t understand. Beyond creepy.

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