Home of the Geode Grotto
Grottoes have long been associated with Catholic fervor and devotion. The grotto at Lourdes, France, became famous when an appearance of an apparition of Mary to a young girl was followed by miraculous cures. A frenzy of grotto building in Europe began even earlier in the mid 1600s and continued through the Victorian period, fueled by the apparition at Lourdes, with dozens if not hundreds of grottoes being built both on church land and at private residences. In the US the trend never took off with as much gusto, but there is still a good number of religious grottoes primarily in the midwest.
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