Feb 6, 2024 - Things to Do

S.A. snapshots: A moment of serenity

The beige-colored grotto surrounded by sunny skies and trees.

The grotto on a perfectly sunny Saturday afternoon. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

👋 Madalyn here with a place I've been going to clear my mind since I was a teenager, the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto.

Context: The grotto is a replica of the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in France.

  • Built in 1941, it's the "most perfect" replica of the original in the U.S., according to the local grotto's website.

Yes, but: While the sacred space is rooted in Catholicism, people of any belief are welcome to sit and have a moment to themselves.

  • It's a perfect, quiet place to take in the beautiful weather we've been having.

Of note: There's also an area to light and leave a devotional candle, which can be purchased at the grotto gift shop a few feet away.

  • "Tepeyac de San Antonio," a tribute to the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico City, is also on the property.

Find it: 5712 Blanco Road.

  • Open daily.
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