Welcome to the Grotto


Known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time.


Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9 a.m. - 6 p.m. April - September)

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and New Year's Day

1600 St. Bernard Drive SE
Cullman, AL  35055
(256) 734-4110




"Brother Joseph and the Grotto" ~ Teaser 3 from Red Clay Pictures on Vimeo.