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Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend

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Must see · Cave · Architectural Building
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.

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  • I learned about this grotto as my Mom had visited long ago and had a souvenir of her visit. Guided tours are given on the hour and last about 40 minutes. I highly recommend the tour. Another option...  more »
  • This place is so amazing, the pictures do not do it justice. Thinking about the amount of time put in to building it, with all the various materials used, it's just amazing. And it's much bigger than....  more »
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