A Beautiful Experience
The Dickeyville Grotto and Shrines erected in the Village of Dickeyville, Wisconsin on Holy Ghost Parish grounds located at 305 W Main Street are the works of Father Matthias Wernerus, a Catholic Priest, Pastor of the Parish from 1918 to 1931. His handiwork in stone, built from 1925-1930, is dedicated to the unity of two great American ideals-love of God and love of Country. These religious and patriotic shrines were constructed without the use of blueprints.
It is a creation in stone, mortar and bright colored objects-collected materials from all over the world. These include colored glass, gems, antique heirlooms of pottery or porcelain, stalagmites and stalactites, sea shells, starfish, petrified sea urchins and fossils, and a variety of corals, amber glass, agate, quartz, ores, such as iron, copper and lead, fool's gold, rock crystals, onyx, amethyst and coal, petrified wood and moss.
There are several shrines in the Grotto garden. Besides the main shrine (which houses the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin), there is a patriotic shrine, the sacramental shrine of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacred Heart shrine, Christ the King shrine, Fatima shrine, and the Stations of the Cross. These shrines are located in a beautiful floral garden area surrounding the Holy Ghost Church.
The word Grotto means an artificial cavern or cave. The entire Grotto is dedicated to the virtues of religion and patriotism.
Open daily for walking tours throughout the year.
Guided Tours Available
Jun - Aug 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (daily)
Sept - Oct 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (weekends only)
No specific fee. All donations greatly appreciated and used for the upkeep of the Grotto and grounds.
Bus Tours Welcome
The Gift Shop carries a complete line of religious gifts from Baptism, First Communion and Wedding celebrations to Holiday and Home Decor needs as well as souvenirs.
Spring (April-May) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fall (Sept-Oct) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Due to the large variety of items we carry in our Gift Shop, it is not possible to show all of our selections here on this site, however we have included our more popular items for your review.