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“Peaceful break during vacation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine

Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine
8300 Vineland Ave., International drive, Orlando, FL 32821
407-239-6600
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Ranked #2 of 85 Attractions in Orlando
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: A Catholic church built in the 1980s so that the large number of visitors to the Orlando region would have a place to attend church.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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“Peaceful break during vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Our family always attends mass here when vacationing in the Orlando area. Always feel welcome. Beautiful buiding and grounds. A peaceful spot to relax and refocus.

Visited June 2012
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Exquisite - don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Living only a couple of hours away, I visit Orlando fairly often and always include a stop at this Church. The architecture, landscaped grounds and general atmosphere are the polar opposite of the tacky souvenier shops, strip malls and frantic I-4 traffic nearby. You don't need to be Catholic or attend services there in order to appreciate the peace and beauty of a few minutes spent inside the building. The volume of the main sanctuary is awe-inspiring, and everywhere you stroll you will find gorgeous statues, stained glass, etc. It does what a church should do. It offers a few minutes of relief - a place to rest, enjoy the silence, and quietly reflect on what is truly important.

Visited June 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Always a stop for us”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is definitely more than a church. It is a shrine. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. I really like their store too. They have wonderful items that a hard to find anywhere else. We first went there on our honeymoon in 1995 and we are sure to stop every time we are in Orlando.

Visited March 2012
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Midwest U.S.
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“If you like shrines...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

It's pretty. Went to Mass there. Didn't appreciate the sales pitch/guilt trip about spending so much money on my vacation and not giving that much to the church. Haven't been back since.

Visited July 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Closest catholic church to the main attractions in Orlando.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

PROS: huge and beautiful church; ample parking;easy to find- right beside the Tanger outlet.

CONS: they really, really ask for donations (the priest mentioned it 3 times during the mass – which was 1 hour and 15 mintes long).

Visited June 2012
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