Dickeyville, Wisconsin Grotto

If you’re ever in the Mississippi Valley region of the Tri-States and looking for something to do, drive up to Dickeyville, Wisconsin to the Grotto. I visited the Grotto this week. I have never seen anything like it. Growing up in Southeast Iowa, we didn’t have anything close to this. It was built between 1925 and 1930 by the priest of the parish, Father Matthias Wernerus. It combines two American ideals – love of God and love of country. He collected many different materials from around the world – colored glass, gems, heirlooms of pottery or porcelain, stalagmites or stalactites (cone- or icicle-shaped mineral deposit built up on the floor or roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water), sea shells, starfish, petrified sea urchins and fossils, corals, amber glass, agate, quartz, iron, copper, lead, fool’s gold, rock crystals, onyx, amethyst, and petrified wood and moss.

Front Entrance

There are many shrines in the Grotto; the Blessed Virgin, Holy Eucharist, Sacred Heart, Christ the King, Stations of the Cross, Fatima, and a patriotic shrine. I spent a few minutes just walking around and taking pictures, and tried to soak it all in. It is just one of those places that has a feel of history. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was shining in the sun. I highly advise anyone who can make the trip, please do. It is free to walk through, but they do appreciate a dollar or two donation for those who are able. I have posted a few of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy them.

Christ the King Shrine
Christ the King Shrine



Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus

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