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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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Love this church

We love visiting this church whenever we are in the area. We have even run into friends here on accident. Great place.

Reviewed 2 April 2015
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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2015

We love visiting this church whenever we are in the area. We have even run into friends here on accident. Great place.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015 via mobile

I'd rate the building and grounds a 5 because they are beautiful! The church itself is very bright and expansive with lots of statues, stained glass, and memorials. They also put up a lot of nice decorations during Christmastime. However, the last time we were here, getting in and out was hellish (pun intended). Traffic always backs up so much,... More 

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Richboro, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

The shrine is well worth a visit for the museum, gift shop, rosary garden, or daily mass. There are smaller chapels inside and outside for prayer or quiet contemplation. Perhaps not for everyone, but it's very nice.

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

Met many people from all over the United States enjoying the attractions nearby Sea world and Disneyland.

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Thank Fishmanweis
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 23 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 22 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 21 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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