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Crystal Shrine Grotto

5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38120 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Sun 8a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
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“A man-made cave inside Memorial Park Cemetery ”

The Crystal Shrine Grotto is a man-made cave located inside of Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. Mexican folk artist Dionicio Rodriquez designed and created the cave over the course of ten years, beginning in 1937. Within the grotto are ten scenes depicting the life of Jesus Christ and additions to the scenes continued to be added for the next four decades. The scenes were done in mixed media of paint and sculpture by a variety of artists. The cave offers a peaceful ambience and even those who are not religious will surely appreciate its artistic value. Please enjoy these images from the grotto but note that pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the actual scenes. The Crystal Shrine Grotto is open to the public free of charge. It is located at 5668 Poplar Avenue in Memphis.

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Reviewed by
maltom

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
December 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Stop by the office on your way in and get fish food.
Quick little stop. But really cool. Has the crystal grotto which is a little cave that has religious artwork in display

Heads up, this shrine is under the big stone looking tower. Signs aren't completely helpful.

Turn around when you're at the bridge and you'll see a black bench near a gravestone. Check it out. It's a nice Easter egg.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ShannaBriano

  • 8 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 19, 2015
Rated 5.0

Was a little hard to find in such a large cemetery but once we found it it was worth the visit. My mom really enjoyed the grotto. The carvings and other art work was just beautiful. My 2 y/o enjoyed the fish pond :D It's a free visit and I think it's worth the visit

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rawdude

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
November 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Beautifully done and worth the trip off the highway. It was a little hard to find in the cemetery, but just stop and ask someone. Even if they tell you it is closed find out for your self. The person we asked said it was closed and you can't get in, but it was wide open. It doesn't take long to go through, so you can be back on the road in no time. Good for stretching the legs.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amylasack

  • 4 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 25, 2014

This is worth the stop to check out. Lots of intricate work!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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May 1, 2015
Rated 4.0

I personally like walking around cemeteries like this one, and Memorial Park is probably one of the prettiest I've ever seen. Take an hour or two to just walk through it and look at the sculptures and flowers and gravemarkers.

And the Grotto! Hard to believe that this cave was dug out by hand and then filled with 5 tons (FIVE. TONS.) of straight crystal. There's nowhere else like it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
pwarnick

  • 7 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 30, 2014

Pretty amazing. Was worth the stop. Beautiful, quick and easy off the highway.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lauradelaine

  • 11 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 8, 2017
Rated 4.0

This place is just too quirky to be true. Definitely worth the stop. Five tons of crystal from which the artist created this grotto. If you are into religious art, this is a fantastic stop.
While we were there, some young guy decided to go into a corner of the outside garden and relieve himself in front of God and everybody. He then returned to his family which was sitting around a grave as though it was the most normal thing in the world to do this. Perhaps it is and I am the one who doesn't get it. It was pretty gross, though.

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Reviewed by
elisemarie3

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 25, 2017
Rated 4.0

Really beautiful little spot. Signage was not good. It's down the hill from the mausoleum. Nice little exercise for our young kids cause there is some climbing and fish and a snake in the pond.

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Reviewed by
katiemcgaha

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May 22, 2017
Rated 4.0

It was hard to find due to it being in the middle of the cemetery, but worth it if you can find it.

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Reviewed by
bfabel

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  • 0 Helpful
April 4, 2017
Rated 5.0

Worth the stop. So peaceful.

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Crystal Shrine Grotto

5668 Poplar Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
38120 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
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