208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597.
all year daily 0-24.
Office: all year Mon-Fri 9-17.
NOV to APR daily 9-16.
MAY to OCT daily 9-18.
Mass: all year Wed 8, Thu 18, Sun 10:15.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Grotto of the Redemption, P.O. Box 376, West Bend, Iowa 50597, Tel: +1-515-887-2371, Fax: +1-515-887-2372. E-mail:|
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|~1900||Paul Matthias Dobberstein became very ill with pneumonia.|
|1954||Father Dobberstein died, Father Louis Greving continued construction on the Grotto.|
|1994||Father Greving retired and has been replaced by Deacon Gerald Streit.|
This Grotto of the Redemption is the largest Grotto in the world. It is said to be the largest collection of minerals and fossils in the world. It covers an entire city block.
This grotto was built by Father Paul Dobberstein at the beginning of the 20th century. He became very ill with pneumonia, and in a prayer to the Blessed Mother, he asked that his health might be restored and promised to build a shrine to honor the Virgin Mary. When he started in 1912, visitors came to see his remarkable work and left donations to cover the costs. So he decided to include the whole story of mankind, from the fall of Adam and Eve to his redemption through Christ. He built a complex of nine grottoes which took 42 years.