The Grotto

Local nameThe Grotto
LocationMadison South, Portland, Oregon, United States

The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, popularly known as The Grotto, is a Catholic outdoor shrine and sanctuary located in the Madison South district of Portland, Oregon, United States. Constructed in 1924, the sanctuary covers 62 acres, set both at the foot of, and atop, a 110 foot cliff. It is a ministry of the Servite Friars, Order of Friar Servants of Mary.

A large meditation hall whose main chamber is at clifftop level extends down to the foot of the cliff; the cross on the hill is visible many miles away. In addition to a church, there are several thousand feet of trails, including a trail of the Stations of the Cross, along which visitors may pass in contemplation through botanical gardens. The Grotto also features a full-service Conference Center, and a Gift Shop.

Tags Place of Worship
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Opening hours

The Grotto is open daily throughout the year 9 am - 5:30 pm.
Thanksgiving and Christmas: closed following the celebration of Mass

Day after Labor Day through through the Day before Thanksgiving:
Daily: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Day after Thanksgiving through December 30:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feb through 1st week of March:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

2nd week of March through the day before Mother's Day:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m

Mother’s Day through Labor Day:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

More information and contact


Official Website



Phone +1 503 254 7371

Address 8840 NE Skidmore, Portland, OR 97220, USA

Coordinates 45°33'10.871" N -122°34'17.932" E

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