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Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe

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Address: 8300 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821
Phone Number: +1 407-239-6600
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Built by tourists, for tourists, this Roman Catholic Church was built in...

Built by tourists, for tourists, this Roman Catholic Church was built in the 1980's to accommodate the 30+ million visitors to the Central Florida attractions yearly. The Basilica is not a regular parish church, but a tourist ministry that sits on 17 acres and offers a Rosary Garden, multiple Chapels, Museum, Pilgrimage Center, Gift Shop, bronze statues, oil paintings and art from the 16th century as well as amazing stained glass including a Rose window, Universe window, Rosary windows and The Magnificat windows.

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AMAZING !! One of the best experiences we had !!!

Visited this via an entrance to it's huge palm covered car park from a multi story car park beside the local mall !! Lively vibrant and holy atmosphere !! Museum of Christianity... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Visited this via an entrance to it's huge palm covered car park from a multi story car park beside the local mall !! Lively vibrant and holy atmosphere !! Museum of Christianity and adjoining holy shop. Daily confessions ...Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mass Schedule ...Saturday Mass 8:00am,... More 

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MaryQueenShrine, General Manager at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience at Mary's Shrine! You listed all our information perfectly which, hopefully, future travelers will find helpful as well. I want to highlight one thing you mentioned that was particularly special for us to hear and that was "...huge crowd from all races and nations...". As a tourist ministry it is critical people feel welcomed... More 

Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Don't just go for mass and skip out. Save time for the gift shop!! The church has absolutely beautiful grounds too.

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MaryQueenShrine, General Manager at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your time here at Mary's Shrine. We always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm our visitors share regarding the gift shop. Originally the Shrine church, it was converted to the gift shop in 1993. Since then, the 8,000 sq. ft. gift shop has enjoyed much growth and is currently the largest Catholic gift shop in Florida.... More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

If your looking for a catholic church during your stay in Orlando then this is a beautiful place. Gets very busy on Sunday mornings but lots of stewards to help you, also you can park in the outlet shopping centre and walk across.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful church and wonderful place to visit. We attended mass and visited the gift shop. The museum is also an interesting place to visit.

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MaryQueenShrine, General Manager at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, responded to this review

We are so glad you were able to attend Mass and visit our gift shop and museum. You probably noticed the large painting hanging on the far wall that catches your attention as you enter the museum. Interesting fact is that is the original oil on canvas painting of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin from 1640. We are so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is truly a great place!! We are local and consider this our family Church . Even has Later Mass on Sunday's. Such a beautiful church !!

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The stained glass windows were worth the visit. They tell the story of Christ and the attention to detail is incredible. We were unable to attend mass but glad we stopped in. We happened upon it on our way to the Outlet malls. Do yourself a favor and take some time and appreciate what you have and pray for others.

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MaryQueenShrine, General Manager at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking time out of your busy day to spend time with us. The Magnificat windows portray stories in the Bible and scenes representing the lives of faithful witness who have gone before us. The Judson Studios, of Los Angeles, were chosen to help transfer these messages of faith. So glad you enjoyed them enough to... More 

Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

this is a beautiful shrine dedicated to Mary the mother of Jesus..stopped by to light a candle for a sick family member..spent time at the outdoor shrine..so peaceful.. plan to visit again real soon..there is also a gift shop to purchase religious articles

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MaryQueenShrine, General Manager at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, responded to this review

Thank you for your sweet review. It is visits like yours, taking time out for yourself and to remember others, that make this such a special place for so many. We are delighted you found peace here at Mary's Shrine. We hope to see you here again. More 

Metuchen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

The Basilica has masses on Saturday (vigil) and Sunday mornings and in the afternoon. It is the closest Catholic Church to Disney. We attended the 1130am Sunday Mass. Great Choir and a beautiful church. Check out the small museum on the history of pilgrimage in the gift shop.

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We have visited the Queen of the Universe Basilica dozens of times. If you plan to go,and you should, be prepared to spend a little time there. Enjoy the serenity that engulfs you immediately. Embrace the quietness away from the hustle of Orlando and its many distraction attractions. Walk through the Holy Door this year. Feel comforted by the availability... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe is a beautiful place for Catholics to attend a Mass service. But people of all faiths will be welcomed by Monsignor Paul Henry and the dedicated group of volunteers. Coffee and donuts are served in the welcome center, and the gift shop is a "must visit" experience. The... More 

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