“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.
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.
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
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.
This is worth the stop to check out. Lots of intricate work!
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!
Pretty amazing. Was worth the stop. Beautiful, quick and easy off the highway.
Don't miss this. It was amazing and just a short walk thru. Must see.
This place is so unusual it is definitely worth a stop. Google maps brought me right to the grotto, but you have to look around to find the entrance a little. Go inside and look around.
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.
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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