Hello, everybody! I hope you all have had a lovely week. If you’ve been following this blog, and I hope you have, you might notice I enjoy things that are off the beaten path. Memphis has no shortage of these opportunities and this past week I was able to enjoy one of the stranger activities in Memphis–The Crystal Shrine.
Located inside Memphis Memorial Park Cemetery, the Crystal Shrine Grotto displays nine moments from Jesus’ life. Erected in 1938 by the cemetery’s founder E. Clovis Hinds & architect Dioñicio Rodriguez the shrine was expanded upon in the 1960s and 80s. The art in the grotto is both beautiful as well as bizarre. The entryway is adorned with a plaque of Jesus Christ and is a great way to prepare you for the different memorials throughout the grotto. Relaxing ambient music plays on a loop inside of the shrine, calming you during the tour.
If you are visiting Memphis or live here and haven’t been to the Crystal Shrine Grotto I give it a big recommendation. It’s something to do during an afternoon which is free. My favorite part was the fact that, being located in a cemetery, there were not many living folks there so it was a great opportunity to take my mind off of things. One note if you go in the winter: bundle up! There is no heat inside of the shrine, so it is quite cold. It was wonderful being able to find a new place that offers silence and feels like you’re a bit removed from the grind of the city. I will be sure to return to the grotto when I need a moment of peace.