Sunday, August 02, 2009

Christmas Grotto in West Bend, Iowa

When experiencing the Grotto of the Redemption, one could easily overlook the adjacent church. Inside Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church are two things you must see during a visit.

The Christmas Chapel is constructed of ornamental rocks and gems. It contains a Brazilian amethyst that weighs over 300 pounds. This nativity scene is considered to be one of Father Paul Dobberstein’s finest works. He completed the Christmas Chapel in 1927 using materials he considered too delicate to withstand conditions that would affect them if placed in the outdoor grottos.

A wooden altar stands 22-feet high in the sanctuary. Hand-carved out of bird’s-eye maple, this altar won first place at Chicago’s World Fair in 1893.

After admiring the Christmas Chapel and altar, you can light a candle and spend some time in quiet mediation inside this peaceful church.

July 19, 2009

Grotto of the Redemption

300 N. Broadway

West Bend, Iowa 50597


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