the grotto is a really neat place to go that i always forget about. i had only been once before and never up to the top. i would even venture to say that it’s peaceful gardens rival that of the japanese gardens up in washington park. i’m not sure if it’s because it was raining or not, but there weren’t very many people there. the japanese garden always feels too crowded to be peaceful.
particularly, the scale of the grotto is just amazing, as you will see by the following photos.
this is the chapel on the lower level…you don’t have to pay to see this beauty. it’s $4 admission to go to the top where the gardens are….and totally worth it.
the trees are so tall, and there are these really neat religious sculptures all throughout.
this was my favorite thing….a little prayer house to worship the virgin mary. it was super charming all covered in moss. it smelled like paint inside and had no natural light, but tucked here in the forest, it just looks like a fairy tale.