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Crystal Shrine Grotto

5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3839
+1 901-302-9980
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This crystal cave is hidden in a vast park . It contains very nice paintings and sculptures. Worth... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ashok M
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Neat place!

This place is in the middle of a cemetery. It was pretty cool. The crystals were nice and the the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Crystal Shrine Grotto is located in the center of Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. It serves as the beating heart of the park and reminds those who visit that death is not the end. Those who enter the confines of the 60 foot deep man made cave don't just see the dark beauty of the cave and its eclectic artwork they can feel its magical presence all around them. Memorial Park itself was founded in 1924 by E. Clovis Hinds. He was a wealthy businessman from nearby Mississippi who had recently sold his insurance business. He became aware of a movement at the time to develop "park like" and memorial cemeteries. These cemeteries were a departure from the historical burial yards of the 1800's, which were dark and depressing places full of headstones and reminders of death. This new style known as "The Cemetery Beautiful" provided for cemeteries filled with nature, open spaces, art, pools, fountains, and well-kept plantings. The park was intended to be not merely a burial place, it was a place for memories to reside. A place to enjoy and to celebrate. He decided to develop the park in this new style and in 1935 commissioned Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez to construct the main features of the park. In 1938 a cave was dug into the hillside at the center of the park and work began on The Crystal Shrine Grotto. Mr. Rodriguez worked in faux bois style of concrete. Meticulously texturing and coloring surfaces to mimic natural materials like wood and stone. He was extremely secretive about his methods and was sought after as a master of this art at the time and made a good living for himself even during the depression. The cave is comprised of almost 5 tons of natural crystals hand placed onto the cave walls and ceiling. The crystals were collected from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Worked continued on and off until it was completed in 1955 just after Rodriguez's death. The niche art displays were not completed until the 1980's when the last of the 10 niches were filled with art work depicting events in the life of Christ. All the features around and in the grotto depict events and places out of the Old and New Testaments. The Cave of Machpelah to the left of the Grotto is a depiction of the 1st tomb mentioned in The Bible, Genesis 23, as Abraham and Sarah's resting place. The Pool of Hebron and Abrahams Oak invite visitors to explore the area and find the hidden faces, figures, and resting places the artist included in the naturalistic concrete to entertain visitors. If one looks closely you can even see the faces of children in the base of the fountain in The Pool of Hebron. In 1991 The Grotto and Rodriguez's other works in the park were added to the National Historic Register. Although it took nearly 60 years to complete and fill with art, it has remained virtually unchanged since its construction. Roughly 100,000 people visit The Grotto each year and it is a very popular spot for photographers, sightseers, and is even used occasionally as a wedding venue. The Crystal Shrine Grotto continues to carry out its purpose as a work of art that houses works of art. Entertaining and inspiring to both young and old. A timeless reminder that death is not the end in a place that must be seen in person to fully understand.
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5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3839
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This crystal cave is hidden in a vast park . It contains very nice paintings and sculptures. Worth visiting

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is in the middle of a cemetery. It was pretty cool. The crystals were nice and the the cave was beautiful. It was a little musty smelling, but the overall place was serene. There are many sculptures depicting the life of Christ. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am so very glad I took the Poplar Street bus out to the Memorial Cemetery to experience this Grotto. Unlike anything I have ever seen, I was struck speechless when I walked inside. The crystals were magnificent, and the religious art varied and lovely....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When approaching this shrine, relaxing music can be heard and there is an atmosphere of calmness. When you enter the grotto, go straight toward the nativity scene and circle the area clock=wise so as to view the scenes of Christ's life from birth to resurrection....More

Thank Diane B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been to this place several times over the past few years. Now that word is getting out about it, I’ve noticed that vandals are slowly breaking away bits and pieces of the interior. Some people have zero respect... gotta believe that Karma will catch...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the bus, well maintained memorial gardens, with little areas of interest. The Grotto is not big and the pictures and scenes have been done by different people, but the coloured lighting set if off and you need to look at the ceiling, crystals and...More

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Jennifer R, Manager at Crystal Shrine Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We’re glad you enjoyed your visit and found the beauty in the details. Both the Crystal Shrine Grotto and Annie Laurie’s Wishing Chair were created by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez in the 1930s. It’s evident that this was a labor of love.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We put this down as a spot to kill a bit of time and it turned out to be a highlight of our Memphis trip. It's a biblically theme inspired cave with tons and tons of crystals with a beautiful area of grounds around it....More

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Jennifer R, Manager at Crystal Shrine Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your review of the Crystal Shrine Grotto. We’re glad you took time to visit, and even more pleased that what started out as a time-killer turned into a highlight. It really is an inspiring work of art that’s been amazing visitors since the...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

I have been wanting to check this out for a while. So happy I visited--we spent about 45 minutes here. Located in a cemetery and very safe with lots of visitors around. This provides lots of photo ops, great place to meditate or pray. All...More

1  Thank ritarealtor
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Jennifer R, Public Relations Manager at Crystal Shrine Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Thank you for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed the Grotto, and we hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

I use the app Roadside America. We had the best time in Memphis this time. I would never have found The crystal shrine grotto without it. In traffic in front of this place is quite busy but it is worth the trip.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Visited the shrine on Easter weekend. It was a little difficult to locate from the road, and we did not no it was located within a cemetery, which it is. The exhibit itself is in a beautiful setting with a pond and bridges and flowers....More

1  Thank radelster
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Marina F
3 June 2018|
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Response from phoenbix2b | Reviewed this property |
the actual grounds are driveable, you can stop right outside the shrine
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madigray23
29 April 2018|
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Response from Jennifer R | Property representative |
The tour is a great way to get more information on the Grotto, but you are welcome any time -- no tour required.
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amsnow
21 April 2017|
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Response from Michael A | Reviewed this property |
They're narrow. But it's a decently laid out area. I think you would be fine. Maps shows the roads in the cemetery if you're that concerned.
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