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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 church gives you a feeling of being closer to God

The daily masses end with a rosary. The grounds are well taken care of, the store has many things to buy and the rosary grounds are very moving.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

The daily masses end with a rosary. The grounds are well taken care of, the store has many things to buy and the rosary grounds are very moving.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

This church campus is GIGANTIC, especially considering it doesn't have permanent parishioners. The Mass was great and a wonderful escape from the chaos and noise of an Orlando vacation! We didn't have a car so we took a taxi there- they all know exactly where it is - there is also a taxi stand outside the church so we didn't... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

In the midst of Orlando, FL with all its glitz, consumerism, and fabricated experiences is this gem where true Reality is present and waiting for you. Please don't get me wrong, Disney and other area attractions were fun and found a place in our travels but we also made time to spend at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine. Our... More 

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New Port Richey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

This is a beautiful church and also has a wonderful religious gift shop. Masses are at 8 am and 12 noon during the week. Right off 4 at exit 68, just before Sea World in Orlando.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

I am Catholic, and when I travel I always try to attend mass in a cathedral someplace. I loved the cathedral in St Louis. St Patrick's in New York is impressive. Right up there among the greats is Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine. The church is enormous, the statuary and stained glass impressive, and a priest is always on... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

Beautiful shrine and church. Choir was incredible. Felt like I had died and gone to heaven listening to angels singing. Priest was warm and welcoming. Not a place to go if you are in a hurry.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2015

I've never attended mass here, but I have visited many times for some quite time. I live in the area.

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Quincy, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

A beautiful church within driving distance of Disney World. Very friendly and warm. Go early take a minute to park.

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Conover, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2015

We have attended this church numerous times while visiting Orlando. It is quit huge but is very beautiful! The grounds are something to behold.

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Maitland, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

Wonderful service! priest will bless any gift purchases, just ask! Faster Hart is an icon for Catholicism in the tourist area.

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