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Albany's Grotto is making a comeback

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ALBANY -- A little bit of history is coming back to life in Albany.

The grotto at the old Vincentian Institute is the pride of the institute's chapel -- featuring a rock wall, a high altar with Celtic furnishings, and painted glass windows.

The history of the grotto is inextricably linked with that of the institute, on the corner of Madison and Ontario. Former students at the school say many of their best memories were tied to their time in the chapel.

Bishop Edward Scharfenburger said Mass in the Grotto Sunday, launching a restoration project for the grotto and chapel.

Restoration costs are estimated at about $850,000.

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