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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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A must see!!!

Beautiful church! Beautiful history! Your catholic home away from home!!! I love visiting here and going to Mass with all the other tourists! Amazing choir too!!! A must see!!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 March 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

I've always lived in the Central Florida area but never visited Mary. I saw that it was one of the top ranked Orlando attractions, so I thought I'd give it a go. For the purposes of this review, I do not fall under the category of "religious", however when I travel, I do see religious sites of note. This shrine... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015 via mobile

Beautiful church! Beautiful history! Your catholic home away from home!!! I love visiting here and going to Mass with all the other tourists! Amazing choir too!!! A must see!!!

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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

Thought the priest offered a wonderful homily and the music is Disney quality! Was able to really feel Our Lord's presence and able to enjoy all the beautiful statues and grounds as well. However, leave 30 Full Minutes before you think you need to leave or you will lose you religion on the way into the parking lot. That part... More 

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

This church contains everything you can expect from a catholic church with a few extras. There is a holy water fountain when you enter, there is a taxi rank outside the church and there is a large gift shop where you can have a picture with a cardboard cut out of the Pope! Other than that there is nothing special... More 

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Saint Clairsville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

We happened upon this gem when looking for somewhere close to Disney World to attend Sunday Mass. This church is not a regular parish. It was actually built by the generosity of tourists. The stained glass windows are absolutely beautiful, especially in the little chapel in the back of the church. The window behind the chapel altar is cobalt blue... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

Beautiful church with wonderful altars on either side for silent prayers and worship--wonderful. Greeters make you feel very welcome. Parking is a little tight at the busier masses.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

This is a lovely cathedral in Orlando. I was told by my Mears cab driver it sits on property donated by Disney. It is not a part of a parish. It relies on donations by Orlando visitors. The pastor was born in Ireland and a delightful speaker. He does ask, several times, for visitors to donate as much as they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

I came here on Ash Wednesday, on the last day of a 3 week vacation. It's a modern Catholic Church, with really nice statues. Mass just ended after we arrived, but they we still giving our ashes in the chapel. The place is really big. I'd want to see what it's like when filled to capacity. If you're Catholic and... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2015

Beautiful Chapel, beautiful services. They do hit you hard for donations explaining that they do not have a congregation to lean upon. They pass the plate like 3 times per service trying to guilt you into giving them more money. That part is kinda gross. but their Holiday services are very good!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe is a Latin Rite basilica located in Orlando's thriving tourist district right next to Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and not far from SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, or International Drive. The large 2,000-seat basilica is visible from Interstate 4. On June 3, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI... More 

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