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The Grotto has been maintained since it was built. About ten years ago, the statue which had become worn by the weather was replaced and a small waterfall installed. The plants and flowers on either side of the path to the grotto are cared for by the campus gardeners.
The Grotto serves as a reminder of the origin of the University (Notre Dame Out Lady), as well as its spiritual dimension. Since the beginning of the founding of the school, the Grotto has been used for devotional processions from the elementary and high school students and is also a place of quite prayer.
Selected papers. Site documentation. Office of the Vice President of Administration, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA.