Orlando, Florida: National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe
About The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe:
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., Orlando is home to Disney World and many other attractions. One you may not know of is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.
It was realized that the millions of tourists visiting the area, many of whom are Catholic, would need a place to attend Mass. Originally Masses were scheduled in local hotels, but as the forecast of number of visitors grew, the local Bishop wanted not only to provide an opportunity to minister to these visitors but evangelize as well. On December 8, 1994–the Feast of the Immaculate Conception–ground was broken for the first phase of the Basilica.
Today as it has expanded, it includes an outdoor chapel, the 56,000 square foot Basilica, a Rosary Garden, bookstore and much more.
The Basilica contains many unique architectural features including a 12 foot bronze work entitled “Mother & Child” by the noted sculptor Jerzy Kenar and a magnificent 650-pound replica of the Crucified Christ hanging over the main altar.
The museum that has some beautiful art depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as a relic: a bone from the forearm of Saint Desiderius.
The Shrine is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with Mass twice a day, confessions, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and more.
Traveling to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe:
Address: 8300 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32821
GPS coordinates: 28° 23′ 4.2000” N, 81° 29′ 45.8556” W
Tel: +1 (407) 239-6600
e-mail: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando.