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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
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+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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This Catholic Church was built for travellers to the Orlando area. It is a magnificent structure with many beautiful sculptures and stained glass windows. Services are plentiful... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2014
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Reviewed 17 December 2014

This Catholic Church was built for travellers to the Orlando area. It is a magnificent structure with many beautiful sculptures and stained glass windows. Services are plentiful, we go to 7.30 a.m. Mass on a Sunday whilst we are visiting Orlando. There is a good shop on site if you want to buy any religious artefacts. Tip: Get there early... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 17 December 2014

1) Must see the Mother & Child sculpture outside. 2) Must see the Universe Window inside. 3) Should do - take a few minutes from the hustle of tourist land to sit and think on the real wonders of the world.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2014

Loved the Mother and Child Chapel and the beautiful Crucifix. We were near Christmas and the Nativity scene was beautiful.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2014

We're glad a relative gave us the information and address to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine. We attended Mass on Saturday night and all agreed that it was the highlight of our Thanksgiving trip. Everyone needs to make the time to stop and visit the shrine for serenity and peace of mind. We will be sure to stop whenever... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2014

It's a beautiful basilica. I went on a weekday. It was not crowded at all. My favorite was the chapel with the blue stained glass. Don't forget to drop by the rosary garden.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 10 December 2014

Beautiful space to retreat away from the "very busy resort" world just a few miles away. Large bookstore with lots of Catholic books and religious articles.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2014

This church is so inspiring and one can get caught up in the design along with the music and the message. Help them while there with a generous contribution. The gift shop is incredible and it was easy to find so many gift options.

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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Im a catholic follower, so when I watch the building while driving from the I-4 highway I take the desicion to visit the place. When I visit the place and walkout from my car and start walking to the entrance I start feeling a sensation of love, after enter into the chapel who has 2 beautyful images, one of JESUS... More 

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Reviewed 9 December 2014

This is a great Catholic Church to head to while on vacation. Big enough that there are plenty of seats if you show up a bit late. The traffic is heavy but they have a policeman directing church traffic. the choir was outstanding! Sounded professional.

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Pine Ridge, Florida
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

Made out at least Annual stop to Pry and reflect on our life since out last visit and thank God for what we have been given.

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