CULLMAN – The Ave Maria Grotto has been nominated for the title of USA TODAY and 10 Best Readers’ Choice award for “Best Quirky Landmark”. Yes, Cullman’s Ave Maria Grotto is up for an award and they need everyone’s help to ensure they win. To place your vote for your favorite quirky landmark, please go to http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-quirky-landmark/ and vote. The deadline is Monday, June 23 at noon E.T.
“We are thrilled to be nominated for this award,” said Marion Harris, Ave Maria Grotto employee. “We encourage everyone to come out and visit us. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place to spend the day.”
Antonio Cipollari, another Ave Maria Grotto employee, stated, “The Ave Maria Grotto is the most interesting place to visit for all faiths.” Clearly the folks at the Grotto are thrilled with the opportunity to show the world what a wonderful place we have right here in Cullman.
The Grotto was the only attraction in Alabama recognized for its uniqueness. Proudly displaying the exquisite details of Bavarian Benedictine monk, Brother Joseph Zoettl’s, "Jerusalem in Miniature", the Grotto definitely deserves recognition.
"We are thrilled that Cullman’s own Ave Maria Grotto is being considered for this award. The Grotto is an incredible feature of the Cullman area and we are proud that others have taken notice of Brother Joseph’s unique creations," Cullman Chamber Tourism Director Cecelia Smith said.
Don’t forget to cast your vote. This is an excellent way to recognize one of Cullman’s most beloved attractions and reward the monks and staff at the Grotto for a job well done.