National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon.

Big Mary on a Rock Tower

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North Jackson, Ohio

This is a roughly half-size replica of the Our Lady of Lebanon shrine in Harissa, Lebanon. The land on which it stands was originally owned by a lady who refused to sell it to Catholics, but who changed her mind, she said, after Mary kept bothering her in her sleep.

Completed on July 20, 1965, the shrine has a 55-foot-tall rock base topped with a 16-foot-tall Mary carved from granite. Mary alone weighs 7.5 tons. A spiral staircase winds to the top of the tower, enabling visitors to enjoy close-up views of Mary and panoramas of Lipkey Rd.

According to the official shrine history, when Mary was placed atop the tower "a large cloud overhead turned brilliant shades of pink, blue, and other colors of the rainbow." This was interpreted by onlookers as a sign of Mary's approval.

Big Mary on a Rock Tower

National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon

2759 N. Lipkey Rd, North Jackson, OH
National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon. Turnpike exit 218. Follow signs for Mahoning Ave./Hwy 18 heading east. At first intersection, turn left onto Lipkey Rd. Drive two miles; you'll see the tower on the right.
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