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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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I'm catholic so I go to hell if I don't rate this a 5

I'm being funny of course. This place is amazingly peaceful and spiritual considering it's right off i4 and next to shopping outlet store. This is cooler than the next closest... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2015
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Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

All these five star reviews praising this stucco an Spanish tile super-sized version of a Florida McMansion befuddle me. The blank walls on the exterior and the low grade craftsmanship in the inside are utterly uninspiring. Have none of the reviewers been to at least a century old church in the US? Much less the amazing multicenturies old TRUE basilicas... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2015 via mobile

I'm being funny of course. This place is amazingly peaceful and spiritual considering it's right off i4 and next to shopping outlet store. This is cooler than the next closest basilica in Daytona. It's neat to have mass with people from all over the world. It's a great spot for confession as most are far away from their local parish... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 22 March 2015 via mobile

I live in Orlando, but I am taking a weekend Staycation. I attended Mass at Mary Queen of the Universe. The Mass was beautiful and the choir was magnificent. If you are visiting Orlando, or even live here, you should mark this on your bucket list. I will be coming back.

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Clifton Park, New York
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Reviewed 22 March 2015

The church is magnificent. The architecture, the stained glass and the sculptures within the church are awesome. You must see the chapel with the blue window when the sun is hitting it. The gift shop is the best Catholic goods store we have ever seen.

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

A truly beautiful Basilica and the Rosary Garden is a true delight. I have never seen one so lovely. Also, if you are looking for anything....and I mean ANYTHING Catholic, it must be available in there extensive gift store as well as generic items of Christian faith. We stop here every time we come into Orlando it wonderfully inspiring.

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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

I was recently blessed to be able to visit the shrine on two occassion. I found it very lovely and peaceful with the kind of stained glass rarely seen outside of Europe. What a great chance to offer thanks and collect yourself in a non stop environment . And yes, there are many placards acknowledging people who have donated for... More 

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

The grounds were peaceful and well-groomed. We spent some time in the gift shop and the museum, which was quite interesting. We then attended Mass and were treated to beautiful music and meaningful liturgy. Take an hour or two and visit this Basilica for some peace and quiet in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Orlando.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Reviewed 18 March 2015

Attended mass here and went to gift shop. It is very nice. Very pretty and lots of things in gift shop!

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Ocean Springs, MS
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

This church is equally beautiful on the inside and the grounds outside. The church is quite lovely inside, but I enjoyed walking around the outside probably more. There is a rosary garden which also has the stations of the cross. This garden is much bigger than what I expected and was quite a nice walk outside. My family and I... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2015

As a non catholic I was nervous about visiting so we went when there were no masses on. We just wandered around the grounds which were pretty and I was stunned by an awe inspiring statue of an angel. We went in the church which was large,modern with beautiful windows. There is a shop with some tasteful and less tasteful... More 

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