Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine


The Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine is located in Orlando, Florida and offers a spiritual retreat from the variety of theme park activities in the area. The shrine is located on Vineland Avenue and is open daily from 7:30 am until 5 pm. Visitors can participate in confession or the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel. The Shrine Church features 2,000 seats, stained glass windows depicting the story of God's love for man and Mary's role in the salvation of man. These fourteen aisle windows are called The Magnificent Windows. The Outdoor Chapel features a bronze sculpture of the Mother and Child by artist Jerzy Kenar. The main artwork at the shine is the representation of Mary, Queen of the Universe. It was created by sculptor Jill Burkee and uses a block of pure, rare white marble from the quarries of Carrara, Italy. It stands 8-feet tall and the marble base on which it stands features the names of more than 3,000 Shrine Associates. The Pilgrimage Center at the shrine offers visitors a chance to learn more about the Christian Pilgrimage process and the Catholic Church in general. The grounds include walkways, an outdoor garden and fountains, creating a quiet place to meditate and reflect.

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