National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Blue Army Shrine

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Washington, New Jersey

The National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opened in 1978 and covers 150 acres. It's dedicated to the message of Fatima, reportedly delivered direct from the Mother of God to three Portuguese children in 1917. Portugal is far away, so America's Blue Army built its shrine here.

Many Catholic statues dot the grounds: Jesus, the Pope, saints, even the "Angel of United States," which must be a newer addition to the celestial roster. Mary herself stands 145 feet in the air, at the apex of the shrine chapel, whose peaked roof is meant as a metaphor for a robe shielding her children. And there's an exact replica of the Chapel of Apparitions at Fatima, one of only two such replicas in the world, according to the Blue Army.

Blue Army Shrine

National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Address:
2100 Mountain View Rd, Washington, NJ
Directions:
National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Route 57 to intersection with 31 at traffic light, take Route 31 South for 2 miles. Watch for signs Blue Army Shrine, right onto Asbury Rd. (Route 632 West) for 1 mile. Right onto Cemetery Hill Rd. Proceed another mile and turn left at Blue Army Shrine sign (Mountain View Road). Continue 1/4 mile.
Hours:
Gates close at 5 pm.
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