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 Joseph Zoettl

Joseph Zoettl

Birth
Landshut, Stadtkreis Landshut, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 15 Oct 1961 (aged 83)
Cullman, Cullman County, Alabama, USA
Burial Cullman, Cullman County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 12193 · View Source
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Artist, Sculptor. The Ave Maria Grotto, known throughout the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," is located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey, the only Benedictine Abbey in Alabama. The Grotto consists of 125 miniature stone and cement replicas of famous churches, shrines and buildings from all over the world nestled along a hillside in a landscaped area of more than three acres. The miniature versions of world famous buildings and Biblical stories are the creation of a Bavarian monk, Brother Joseph Zoettl O.S.B., who spent 70 years of his life at St. Bernard. Born in Bavaria in 1878, Brother Joseph came to Saint Bernard Abbey in 1892. After becoming a Brother in the Benedictine Order, he developed his hobby of constructing miniature shrines during spare time at his job in the Abbey power plant. On May 17, 1934, the Grotto was dedicated and his collection of replicas moved there for display. Brother Joseph built his last model, the Basilica in Lourdes, in 1958 at the age of 80.

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  • Added: 3 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12193
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Zoettl (24 Jan 1878–15 Oct 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12193, citing Saint Bernard Abbey Cemetery, Cullman, Cullman County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .