East Boston, Massachusetts: Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine

Elaborate shrine with a 32-foot-tall Mary built on a hilltop in 1954 by Arrigo Minerbi, in appreciation for the Catholic Church saving him and his family from the Nazis. Mary has her back to Boston Harbor.
Orient Ave., East Boston, MA
From northbound Hwy 1A, turn east at milepost 51.4 onto Waldemar Ave., then make second right onto Orient Ave. Follow Orient Ave. up the hill. When you cross Seaview Ave. you'll soon see the shrine on the left.
Tu-F 7:30-6:30, Sa 7-8, Su 7-6 (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine.

Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine

Large plaza on a hill with nice views of Boston and Logan Airport (if you like watching airplanes). Always quiet and is great for quiet reflection. Catholics and art fans will appreciate the mosaic "Stations of the Cross" spread out around the plaza. Downstairs is a Catholic gift shop and a chapel where mass is said daily in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Several small coves for prayer are dedicated to saints.

Across the street is a small area to light candles that remain lit 24/7. Purchase candles in gift shop. An offering box is available as well if you so choose. Feel free to re-light any candles that have gone out. The plaza is nicely decorated during the Christmas season including a near life-sized nativity scene.

Note: The plaza is locked overnight.

[Melissa Gleaton, 11/16/2017]

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