Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery

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    Outside the Grotto

    ••• Outside the Crystal Shrine Grotto. The entrance is located in the formation to the right. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com

    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.

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    Plaque Outside the Grotto

    ••• Granite plaque marking the entrance to the Crystal Shrine Grotto. (c) 2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Crystals in the Grotto

    ••• Natural Arkansas crystals adorning the ceiling of the grotto. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Nativity Scene

    ••• The Nativity, a scene depicting Jesus' birth, created with sculptures imported from Italy. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Jesus in the Temple

    ••• Sculptures illustrating the story of Jesus in the temple, carved by artist Marie Craig. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Sermon on the Mount

    ••• Created by artist David Day, these beautifully carved wooden figures depict the Sermon on the Mount. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Zacchaeus

    ••• The story of Zacchaeus depicted in a wooden sculpture carved by artist David Day. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Transfiguration

    ••• Elijah, Jesus, and Moses carved in wood, limestone, and lucite by artist David Day. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Last Supper

    ••• The Last Supper, depicted in wood by artist David Day. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Gethsemane

    ••• This illustration of Jesus Christ in Gethsemane was scuplted in plaster by artist Luther Hampton. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    The Crucifixion

    ••• This image of the crucifixion of Christ was painted onto the wall of the grotto by Dionicio Rodriguez. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com
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    Resurrection

    ••• The background of this resurrection scene was painted by Dionicio Rodriguez, while the angel was sculpted by David Day. (c)2007 Teresa R. Simpson, licensed to About.com