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Travels 2013, page 7 - The Grotto

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On our way to Mukwonago, Wisconsin, where we spent two weeks visiting my family, we stopped for a couple of hours in Dickeyville, Wisconsin to see The Grotto. The following description is quoted from The Grotto web site (http://dickeyvillegrotto.com/).

"The Dickeyville Grotto and Shrines erected in the Village of Dickeyville, Wisconsin on Holy Ghost Parish grounds are the works of Father Matthias Wernerus, a Catholic Priest, Pastor of the Parish from 1918 to 1931. His handiwork in stone, built from 1925-1930, is dedicated to the unity of two great American ideals-love of God and love of Country. These religious and patriotic shrines were constructed without the use of blueprints.

"It is a creation in stone, mortar and bright colored objects-collected materials from all over the world. These include colored glass, gems, antique heirlooms of pottery or porcelain, stalagmites and stalactites, sea shells, starfish, petrified sea urchins and fossils, and a variety of corals, amber glass, agate, quartz, ores, such as iron, copper and lead, fool's gold, rock crystals, onyx, amethyst and coal, petrified wood and moss."

I remember hearing about it as a child, but if I was ever there, it was so long ago that I have no memory of it. It is quite a spectacular place to see! Here is a representation of what we saw.

The Grotto, Dickeyville, Wisconsin
The Grotto, Dickeyville, Wisconsin
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Holy Ghost Church
Holy Ghost Church
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Front of the Grotto
Front of the Grotto
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Shrine
Shrine
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Shrine
Shrine
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Closeup
Closeup
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Garden Shrine to Mary
Garden Shrine to Mary
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Garden
Garden
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Garden
Garden
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Holy Ghost Church
Holy Ghost Church
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Closeup of some of the stones
Closeup of some of the stones
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Closeup
Closeup
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Shrine
Shrine
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Patriotism
Patriotism
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Closeup
Closeup
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Garden shrine
Garden shrine
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Center of Gardens
Center of Gardens
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Center walkway of the garden
Center walkway of the garden
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Dickeyville sign
Dickeyville sign
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