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National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes

16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700
+1 301-447-5318
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In this day of speed, this is a place to find quiet and calm.

This was a stop well worth time. The meandering path in the woods with little alcoves with quotes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rochester, New York
If you want some peace and quiet this is the place

After years of driving by I finally stopped at the Grotto and spent a peaceful/prayer full time... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Julie T
Rochester, New York
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The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic shrine devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation. This beautiful mountain shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France, built about two decades after the apparition of Mary at Lourdes in 1858, and attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year from all over the world. It offers the occasion for a deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model for that journey.
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  • Average3%
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“gift shop” (10 reviews)
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700
+1 301-447-5318
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a stop well worth time. The meandering path in the woods with little alcoves with quotes, monuments or a seat can be found all through the grotto. The story behind the grotto is moving and seeing a stone from Lourdes in the wall...More

Thank Cherie1971695
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After years of driving by I finally stopped at the Grotto and spent a peaceful/prayer full time there. Beautiful works of art hidden along a forest path. The place brings out in you a deep sense of peace and spirituality no matter what your religious...More

Thank Julie T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see the gold statue of Our Lady nestled in the foliage on the hill. Plenty of free parking. There is a cart to help those who need it get from the parking lot to the main building. Be sure to get the free...More

Thank SirPenLadyGwen
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

The Grotto was a lot nicer than I remember as a child. Lots of upgrades and very lovely statues. Beautiful works of art along the path to the grotto. We walked along to the upper path to enter and the lower path to leave. We...More

Thank Pattyj123
Reviewed 15 July 2017

I have been here three times over about 50 years. Twice with my wife. This time we brought our eight year old grandson. He loved the place and while in the gift shop spontaneously looked at several books and picked out the Handbook of Prayers...More

Thank cwp101
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

A friend told me about the Shrine and I knew I had to go. While I am not a catholic I am drawn to the energy and compassion of Mother Mary. She did not disappoint! We toured the grounds and bottled the blessed water from...More

1  Thank Diana_in_VA
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This Shrine is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. A lot of walking, up and down. Walkways are paved with ample places to sit and rest. BREATHTAKING view of the valley below.

1  Thank bartman44270
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Very peaceful site in the Catoctin Mountains. Numerous stops honoring a variety of saints, with places to pray or meditate. Very modern visitor center.

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Parking is down the hill, but there is a nice drop off area for those with limited mobility, just drop off and then park down the hill. Start in the gift shop- I can spend a half hour here easily. Head out and wander the...More

1  Thank crabulous1
Reviewed 4 April 2017

A wonderful visit to this mountainside shrine for Mary. Our small group was blessed to have mass in the tiny Corpus Christi Chapel. Afterwards we prayed the rosary at the Grotto. Plenty of places and things to see and contemplate here. The natural setting and...More

Thank VW49
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31 August 2015|
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Response from Mom2drew_katie | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the chaplains are available to bless the Grotto water to make it holy. They are on the grounds Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 3 pm. Stop by the Miller Visitor's Center and staff can assist you.