Ave Maria Grotto – Cullman, Alabama

In 2011 we thought we were ready to retire but were called to work large commercial  losses caused by the horrific tornado which struck Alabama and other southern states on April 27, 2011. We headquartered in Cullman, AL, for about six weeks and worked a 100-mile radius of there. This tornado was a mile and a half wide and stayed on the ground through the  entire state of Alabama. It then went through Georgia and the Carolinas but we only worked the Alabama claims, traveling over 2,000 miles in those six weeks.
Before leaving Cullman, we visited the Ave Maria Grotto at the Saint Bernard Abbey, a Catholic monastery founded in 1891 to enable the Benedictine monks to minister to the   German-speaking Catholic settlers in Alabama’s northern colonies. The Ave Maria Grotto is the creation of one of the pioneer Benedictine monks, Brother Joseph Zoetti (1878-1961). It is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park for the Grotto, surrounded by 125 miniature reproductions of biblical scenes and famous buildings of the world.
If you’re ever in the South, be sure to visit the Ave Maria Grotto, located on the grounds of Saint Bernard Abbey, 1600 St. Bernard Drive SE, Cullman, Alabama 35055—Telephone: (256) 734-4110. Or visit their website at http://www.avemariagrotto.com. They have a great You-Tube video which shows more of the beautiful sculptures.






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