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From Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, you feel the sky embraces the Earth and places it into Mary’s heart. There, Mary radiates a glow around gloomy hearts and transforms a tiny spot like Harissa, into a haven for penitents, a consolation for sad people, a path for wanderers, and a guide and an oasis where tired souls can rest.  

Meaning of “Harissa”

The word Harissa comes from the word Haras which means, in Arabic and Hebrew, a sharp blade, a knife, any cutting tool, or also, a sheer edge. And this corresponds to the nature of the hill on which stands the village, named by its inhabitants “Roueiss”. Therefore, some historians believe that the old Semitic word harissa means roueiss in Arabic, a steep-sided high hill.
Overlooking the bay of Jounieh, the Sanctuary is built on a 350 hectares piece of land, 650m high from sea level, and 26kms to the north of Beirut, in the Mohafazat of Mount Lebanon. As it neighbors the village of Daroun, it is part of the Kesrwan caza. It is also close to Bkerke, see of the Maronite Patriarchate. It is famous for its greenness, the multitude of its trees, the abundance and purity of its sources. It is the door to Paradise…

How it all started

On the fiftieth commemoration of the “Immaculate Conception” dogma declared by His Holiness Pope Pius IX in 1854, His Beatitude Maronite Patriarch Elias Hoayek and the Apostolic Nuncio Carlos Duval decided to erect a religious monument that would be a keepsake of this event.
According to Father Henri Jalabert sj, Lucien Cattin, Father Superior of the Jesuits in the Middle East at the time, suggested to raise a big statue of the Virgin that could be seen from far and that would illustrate the Honoring of and the attachment of the Lebanese people to Mary.
After the Patriarch and the Nuncio had sought advice from bishops, priests, monks and laics, the sanctuary was named “Our Lady of Lebanon”, and the project was launched.


After consulting with engineers who were authorities in the field, a place at the top of the Harissa hill called “the rock” was chosen to build the sanctuary, and the implementation phase got close. Committees began to raise funds in order to execute the project. The generosity of the Lebanese people conveyed their love for Mary.
After negotiations, Mr. Francis Yaacoub sold the land to the Patriarchate for the symbolic sum of fifty Ottoman Pounds.
The laying of the foundation-stone took place in October 1904, but work was interrupted for several reasons; one of them was the fear the land could not carry a monument of that size.
In 1907, Patriarch Hoayek and Msgr. Fridiano Giannini, the new Apostolic Nuncio, resumed the work and made some adjustments to the project such as enlarging the west side of the sanctuary.
To make sure the construction was carried out appropriately, a deed was signed in 1906 with a contracting company, as the first party and, as the second party, skilled master-artisan Ibrahim Makhlouf (from Ain el Rihaneh). The statue was built in 1907.
It is good to keep in mind that Father Chucrallah Khoury, Superior of the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries was from the beginning, the Patriarch’s right hand man in the management and the execution of the project. He was elected Father Superior of the Congregation, after the election of Father Youssef Moubarak as Bishop of the Saida Diocese.
With the help of the Apostolic Enunciator, and particularly Father Pere, Secretary of the Enunciator, and Cattin, Father Superior of the Jesuits, the Patriarch was able to overcome the financial problem – resulting from the volume and the cost of the project - by sending a letter to the Maronite “Wakfs” and charity organizations, asking them to pay a preset sum of money, to be collected by Father Chucrallah Khoury.
Building the Sanctuary and the statue cost approximately 50000 gold French francs, donated by believers; among them was a French lady who wished to remain anonymous and made a contribution of 16000 francs. The land was offered by the Maronite Patriarch and the Nuncio.
According to his last wishes, Bishop Duval’s body was transferred from Beirut to Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary. On the west wall of the shrine, is placed a commemorative marble plaque on which is engraved in the Latin language the history of the event, in appreciation of Duval’s love to the Virgin and his passion for her sanctuary in Lebanon.


To erect such a monument, a faraman (sultan’s decree) stating the approval of Ottoman authorities, ruling then, had to be issued. Mount Lebanon “Moutassaref”, Mouzher Bacha, sent a telegram asking for Istanbul consent and, almost miraculously, received a positive answer only a few hours later.
At the beginning of 1908, the shrine and the statue’s pedestal were executed under the supervision of Father Chucrallah Khoury, officially assigned by the Patriarch to take the lead on the project. Shortly after, Our Mother Mary’s statue was built, and inauguration took place on May 3rd, the first Sunday of that month.
At 10.00 am, Msgr. Giannini started the inaugural ceremony with prayers and then blessed the sanctuary and the statue, thanking God for an achievement that would nurture and develop real faith. The devoted assembly was informed of His holiness Pope Pius X’s message for the showering of heavenly blessings on all those who had had contributed to the execution of the project, or those who were attending the launching ceremony.
Amid the guests, were Lebanese Brigadier Barbar Beik El Khazen, representing Mount Lebanon “Moutassaref” Youssef Franco Bacha, and His Excellency Habib Beik Bitar, “Ca’im-macam” of the Caza of Kesrwan, as well as large crowds of believers and visitors.
The ceremony was followed by the holly mass, celebrated by Patriarch Hoayek, bishops, general superiors, representatives of congregations from oriental and western churches and many priests.
During his sermon, the Patriarch highlighted the Lebanese people love and devotion to Mary, and asked for her protection and her unfailing intercession. At the end of the mass, he led a solemn procession around the sanctuary, carrying the icon of the Holy Virgin. He declared first Sunday of May as the feast of Our Lady of Lebanon.
The Management of the Sanctuary 
Following the inaugural celebrations, as mentioned in Article 4 of the deed registered in Bkerke on January 18th, 1907, Maronite Patriarch and Apostolic Nuncio officially entrusted the management of Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary to the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries, through their general Superior, Father Youssef Moubarak, at the Enunciator’s  location in Harissa. 
It wasn’t too late in time when more lots of land were purchased in order to improve the facilities dedicated to serve the believers and visitors, and gradually, the shrine became what it is today, an international place for worship.

Shrine Description

An 8 by 8m chapel with a seating capacity of 100 people was built under the statue of Mary, the Mother of God. It was designed by famous French architect, Gio.
The wooden statue of Mary Mother of Light (that toured almost all Lebanese cities and villages in 1954) stands next to the square stone altar. On the middle of the tabernacle are engraved a cedar and bunches of grapes. Stained glass windows are decorated with the consecrated wafer’s symbols, grapes and wheat ears.
The seven-piece-bronze statue of Our Lady of Lebanon is 8,5m high, with a 5m diameter; it weighs 15 tons and is painted in white, for more splendor and magnificence. It was manufactured in Lyon (France), under the supervision of Mr. Durenne who escorted it to Beirut port at the end of July 1906.
The 20m high pedestal of the statue has the shape of a trunk sculpted in a natural stone. The lower diameter measures 64m and the top part, 20m. A 104 steps staircase was built to reach the top of the statue. (A drawing of the statue and its pedestal by famous painter Daoud Corm is kept in the basilica.)

Our Lady of Lebanon Basilica 

In 1956, a plastic and wooden tent was built on the west side of the shrine’s entrance in order to welcome the increasing number of believers and visitors for masses, especially throughout the month of May.
As a result, on the golden jubilee of the shrine, it was decided to build a bigger church, to accommodate the large crowds of believers.
On the 31 of May 1970, the foundation stone of the basilica – to be- was laid by His Beatitude Maronite Patriarch Paul-Pierre Meouchy, in presence of Lebanese President then, Charles Helou, and his Prime Minister Rachid Karame, ministers and deputies, Orthodox and Catholic Bishops and numerous believers.
From the start, Patriarch Meouchy handed over the management and the execution of the basilica to the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries through their Superior, Father Sassine Zeidan. He was assisted by an executive committee formed towards the end of 1968, following a meeting between Patriarch Meouchy and Father Sassine Zeidan.
This committee was comprised Father Sassine Zeidan (president), Lebanese Missionary, Father Youssef Andary, architect Adib Sader (secretary), pharmacist Cesar Chalhoub, engineer Emile Kayssar (Director General of the Ministry of Public Works), Joseph Salhab (Director General of the Ministry of Tourism), architect François Chemaly (President of the Municipality of Daroun-Harissa), and Fouad Boulos (President of Harissa teleferic’s council).
This committee worked to insure information, financial, architectural and logistical aspects of the project in order to start building. Architects were asked for detailed drawings and plans.

Choice of the Design

To choose the best design, Patriarch Meouchy and Nuncio Alfredo Bruniera constituted an arbitration committee composed of the Nuncio himself, Father Sassine Zeidan, representing Patriarch Meouchy, and five eminent architects: Georges Maroun, President the Order of Engineers and Architects, Henri Eddé, former President the Order of Engineers and Architects, Mitri Nammar, Director of the urban planning Department, and two other French architects.
After eliminating two of the four projects, and hesitating between choosing either José Husseini’s or Pierre Khoury’s proposals, the committee voted for the last one by four votes against three.

Construction Work

The construction work went on uninterruptedly, even in the hardest times. Once the leveling of the land was first achieved, the foundations were completed by June 1971, the walls and the esplanade were built, and the rest of the work continued.
Engineer Louis Cordahi executed some of the work, but the bigger part was accomplished by engineer Mouin Aoun and his team who – armed with faith and perseverance, and entrusted by Father Paul Najm, General Superior of the Missionaries - were able to built a high ceiling in the shape of a Phoenician boat with 64m long curved beams. To execute that part, engineers had to consult two French companies: one, to supervise the assembly of the scaffold and the other one, to assist in the design and the assembly of the immense glass front façade.


Notre Dame d'Afrique, Algiers


Our Lady of Meritxell


Our Lady of Luján, Luján, Buenos Aires Province

Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolás, San Nicolás de los Arroyos

Our Lady of Itatí, Itatí, Corrientes


St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

Shrine of Our Lady of Yankalilla, South Australia

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Penrose Park, New South Wales

Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra, Queensland


Basilika Maria Plain, Bergheim, Salzburg

Maria Schmolln, Braunau am Inn District, Upper Austria

Maria Taferl, Melk District, Lower Austria

Mariatrost Basilica, Graz, Styria

Mariazell Basilica, Mariazell, Styria

Marienbasilika Absam, Absam, Tirol


Our Lady of Banneux in Banneux, Liège

Our Lady of Beauraing in Beauraing, Namur

Holy Virgin in Halle, Flemish Brabant

Our Lady of Lourdes in Oostakker, East Flanders

Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel, Flemish Brabant

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebasiliek, Tongeren, Limburg

Our Lady of Tongre, in Tongre-Notre-Dame, Hainaut


Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, Copacabana

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our Lady of Međugorje in Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our Lady of Olovo in Olovo


Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Aparecida


Our Lady of Combermere in Ontario

Queen of The Holy Rosary Shrine in Ajax, Ontario

Our Lady of Czestochova Church in London, Ontario

Notre Dame du Cap in Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec


Our Lady of Andacollo, Andacollo


Our Lady of China in Donglu

The Virgin of Sheshan, Help of Christians in Sheshan

Our Lady of Bliss near Guiyang, China

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Longtian

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Qingyang


Our Lady of Las Lajas, Nariño Department

Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, Boyacá Department

Costa Rica

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, Cartago


Our Lady of Marija Bistrica in Marija Bistrica

Our Lady of Trsat in Rijeka

Our Lady of Sinj in Sinj

Our Lady of Voćin in Voćin

Our Lady of Aljmaš in Aljmaš

Our Lady of Gorica in Baška, island of Krk

Our Lady of Remete in Remete

Our Lady of Kloštar in Slavonski Kobaš


Our Lady of Charity, El Cobre, near Santiago de Cuba


Kykkos Monastery

Czech Republic

Pilgrimage Basilica of the Visitation of Our Lady, Hejnice

Dominican Republic

Our Lady of Altagracia (Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia),[2] in Higuey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.


National Shrine of Our Lady of El Cisne (Nuestra Señora de el Cisne)

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Presentation of El Quinche, El Quinche, Pichincha Province


Our Lady of Assiut

Our Lady of Warraq

Our Lady of Zeiton, apparitions of Virgin Mary on the Coptic Orthodox Church.


Ablain Saint Nazaire: Notre Dame de Lorette

Agde: Notre Dame de l'Agenouillade

Albi: Notre Dame de la Drèche

Amiens: Notre Dame Cathedral

Angoulème: Notre Dame D'Obézine

Annecy: Basilica of the Visitation

Antras: Notre Dame des neiges

Arras: Notre Dame des Ardents

Avioth: Notre Dame d'Avioth

Azay: Notre Dame de l'Agenouillée

Bégrolles-en-Mauges: Abbey of Bellefontaine

Bélestat: Notre Dame du Val d'amour

Blois: Notre Dame de la Trinité

Boquen: Monastère Notre Dame de la croix vivifiante

Boulogne-sur-Mer: Notre Dame de Boulogne

Cambrai: Notre Dame de Cambrai

Chartres: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

Châtillon St Jean (26): Notre Dame monastery

Clermont Ferrand: Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

Clermont Ferrand: Notre Dame du Port


Dému: Sanctuaire Notre-Dame du Bernet en Dému

Douvres la Délivrande: Notre Dame de la Délivrande

Err: Notre Dame d'Err

Ferrières: Notre Dame de Bethléem

Fontgombault: Abbaye Notre Dame

Friesenheim: Notre Dame de Neunkirch

Fronville: Notre Dame de la Bonne nouvelle

Grignan: Abbaye Notre Dame d'Aiguebelle

Honfleur: Notre Dame de grâce

Ile Bouchard: Notre Dame de la prière

Issoudun: Notre Dame du Sacré Coeur

La Blachere: Notre Dame du Bon secours

La Meilleraye-de-Bretagne: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Melleray

Landevenec: Notre Dame de Folgoat

Lanrivain: Notre Dame du Guiaudet

La Salette: Notre Dame de La Salette

La Trinité: Notre Dame de Laghet

Le Folgoet: Notre Dame du Folgoet

Le Faou: Notre Dame de Rumengol

Laus: Notre Dame du Laus

Le Puy en Velay

Lescure: Notre Dame de la Visitation

Liesse: Notre Dame cause de notre Joie

Lille: Notre Dame de la Treille

Lourdes: Notre Dame de Lourdes

Lyon: Notre Dame de Fourvière

Modane: Notre Dame de Charmaix

Monaco: Notre Dame Immaculée

Lure: Notre Dame de Lure attire un chantier de jeunes

Maisnière: Notre Dame du Chêne

Marciac: Notre Dame de la Croix

Marsan: Notre Dame de la Paix

Marsanne: Notre Dame du Fresneau

Mauriac: Notre Dame des Miracles

Monetiers les bains: Notre Dame du Mont Thabor

Montaigut: Notre Dame d'Alep

Montautour: Notre Dame du Roc

Montfort sur Meu: St Louis-Marie de Montfort

Montligeon: Notre Dame de Montligeon

Myans: Notre Dame de Myans

Neuilly: Notre Dame de Bonne Délivrance

Noirétable: Notre Dame de l'Hermitage

Villefranche-de-Rouergue: Notre Dame des Treize-Pierres

Ollioules: Notre Dame de Bonheur

Orcival: Notre Dame d'Orcival

Orléans: Notre Dame des Miracles

Paris: La médaille miraculeuse, Rue du Bac

Paris: Notre Dame de Paris

Paris: Notre Dame des Victoires

Pellevoisin: « Marie, mère de miséricorde »

Penne d'Agenay: Notre Dame de Peyragude

Perros-Guirec: Notre Dame de la Clarté

Pfaffenheim: Notre Dame du Schauenberg

Phalsbourg: Notre Dame de Bonnefontaine

Plancherine: Abbaye Notre Dame de Tamié

Plancoet: Notre Dame de Nazareth

Pontmain: Notre Dame de Pontmain

Pugny: Monastère Notre Dame de l'Unité

Quezac: Notre Dame de Quezac

Reims: la cathédrale de Reims

Le Testament de saint Rémi

Reiningue: Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Oelenberg

Ribeauville: Notre Dame de Dusenbach

Rocamadour: la Vierge de Majesté

Rodez (La Primaude): Notre Dame de Ceignac

Ronchamp: Notre Dame du haut

Rostrenen: Notre Dame du roncier

Saint Auvent: Notre Dame de la Paix

Saint Florent le Vieil: Notre Dame du Marillais

Saint Laurent du Pont: Monastère Notre Dame du Buisson Ardent

Saint-Laurent-les-Bains: Abbaye Notre-Dame des Neiges

Saint Laurent sur Sèvre: Basilique Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

Saint Martin de Belleville: Notre Dame de la Vie

Saint Omer: Notre-Dame des Miracles

Auray: Saint Anne d'Auray

Saint Romain d'Ay: Notre Dame d'Ay

Sari-Solenzara: Monastère de l'Assunta Gloriosa

Saumur: Notre Dame des Ardilliers

Saxon-Sion: Notre Dame de Sion

Soligny: Abbaye de la Trappe

Strasbourg: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg

Thiezac: Notre Dame de consolation

Thorame: Notre Dame de la fleur

Valenciennes: Notre Dame du Saint Cordon

Besses en Chandesse: Notre Dame de Vassivière

Venasque: Notre Dame de Vie

Verdelais: Notre Dame de Verdelais

Verdun: Cathédrale de Verdun

Violot: Notre Dame des Bois (Haute Marne)

Vion: Notre Dame du chêne

Vitreux: Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Acey

Wissembourg: Notre Dame de Weiler


Shrine of St. Mary, in Aachen Cathedral. This church, frequently referred to as the Kaiserdom ("Imperial Cathedral"), is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen.

Chapel of Grace, in Altötting, Bavaria. The first miracles attributed to praying to the Virgin Mother at this shrine were reported to have taken place in 1489.

Chapel of Grace in Kevelaer, North Rhine-Westphalia, site of an "Image of Grace" (Gnadenbild) of St.Mary since the Thirty Years' War.


Our Lady of Europe at Europa Point, the southernmost point in Western Europe. A shrine to Mary has existed on the site since 1462.


Our Lady of Tinos, Tinos Island, Greece's patron saint.

Panagia Tripiti, Town of Aigio, Peloponnese

Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, Mount Athos, Greece, the garden of the Mother of God being[clarification needed] out of bounds to all other women.

Holy Land

The Basilica of the Annunciation, in Nazareth.

The Church of the Dormition of Our Lady on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem.

The Church of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary in the garden of Gethsemane, in Jerusalem

The Milk Grotto Church of Virgin Mary in Bethlehem


Our Lady of Lourdes shrine Perambur ( Chennai - Tamil Nadu )

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Chinnathurai, Tamil Nadu

Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu

Poondi Matha Bascillica, Poondi, Tamil Nadu

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Villianur, Puducherry

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pudur shrine, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

National Shrine of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam, Cochin, Kerala

Our Lady of Dolours Basilica, Thrissur, Kerala

Basilica of Our Lady of Snow (Manjumatha), Pallipport, Pallippuram, Ernakulam, Kerala

Korattymuthy Our Lady with Poovan Bananas, Shrine of Hail Mary, Koratty, Kerala

St. Mary's Forane Church, Chalakudy, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chalakudy, Kerala

Our Lady of Snows Basilica, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu

Our Lady of Remedies, Vasai, Maharashtra

Our Lady of Bandel Church, Chinsurah, West Bengal

Our Lady of Sand, Sokkankudieruppu, Tamil Nadu

Our Lady of Snow Kallikulam (Our Lady of Snow Church, Kallikulam), Tamil Nadu

Our Lady of La Salette, Maravapatty pudur, Salethmatha in Tamil, Tamil Nadu

Shrine Of Our Lady Of Health, Hyderabad

Our Lady of Mount, Bandra-Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Our Lady of Mahim Church, Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Seminary Hills, Nagpur (Maharashtra)

Gunadala Marymatha, 'St Mary's' Church, Vijayawada', Andhra Pradesh

Nirmalagiri Marymatha Shrine, Nirmalagiri(Gowripatnam), Andhra Pradesh

Goavari Marymatha shrine, Vegeswarapuram, Andhra Pradesh

Allipalli Mariamatha Shrine, Allipalii, Andhra Pradesh


St. Mary's Church Meenangadi


The Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland in Knock, Ireland


Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, home of the Salus Populi Romani icon

Holy Mary of Third Millennium at Three Fountains, Rome[5]

Sanctuary and Sacro Monte di Oropa, Biella, Piedmont

Santuario di Barbana, Grado, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Sanctuary of Macereto, Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, Marche

Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome

Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria, Cagliari, Sardinia

Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompei, Pompei, Campania

Shrine of the Holy House, Loreto, Marche

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro, Rapallo, Liguria

Sanctuary of Madonna dei Miracoli, Motta di Livenza, Veneto

Shrine of Santa Maria del Fonte, Caravaggio, Lombardia


Our Lady of Akita, Akita, Japan


Gamgok Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Gamgok-myeon, Eumseong-gun im North Chungcheong Province


Our Lady of Bechouat, a Marian sanctuary in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon.

Our Lady of Bekaa, a Marian shrine located in Zahlé, Lebanon with panoramic views of the Beqaa Valley.

Our Lady of the Waterfall, a Marian shrine in Jezzine, Lebanon

Our Lady of Lebanon, a Marian shrine in Harissa, Lebanon

Our Lady of Light, a Marian chapel in Centre Ville, Beirut in Lebanon

Our Lady of Lourdes Monument, Ain Ebel, Lebanon

Our Lady of Mantara, a Marian shrine in Maghdouché, Lebanon

Our Lady of Miziara, Mother of Mercies, Zgharta, Lebanon

Our Lady of Nourieh, a Marian shrine and monastery atop Theoprosopon in Hamat, Lebanon.

Our Lady of the Wind, Enfeh, Lebanon


Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania

Pivasiunai, Lithuania

Siluva, Lithuania

Trakai, Lithuania

Žemaičių Kalvarija, Lithuania


Our Lady of Consecration, zone of Girgenti, Siġġiewi

Our Lady of Borg in-Nadur, Borġ in-Nadur, Qajjenza, Birżebbuġa

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sanctuary, Valletta

Old Parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Birżebbuġa

Parish Church of the Annunciation, Tarxien

Parish Church of the Annunciation, Balzan

Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ħamrun

Parish Church of Maria Regina, Marsa

Parish Church of Monte Carmele, Fgura

Parish Church of Monte Carmele, Fleur-de-Lys, Birkirkara

Parish Church of Monte Carmele, Gżira

Parish Church of Monte Carmele, Balluta Bay, San Ġiljan

Parish Church of Our Lady of Fátima, Gwardamanġia, Pietà

Parish Church of Our Lady of Loreto, Għajnsielem

Parish Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Paola

Parish Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, San Ġwann

Parish Church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Valletta

Parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, San Pawl il-Baħar

Parish Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Burmaradd

Parish Church of St Mary, Dingli

Parish Church of St Mary, Għaxaq

Parish Church of St Mary, Gudja

Parish Church of St Mary, Mġarr

Parish Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Sliema

Rotonda of St. Mary, Mosta

Parish Church of St Mary, Mqabba

Parish Church of St Mary, Qrendi

Parish Church of St Mary, Birkirkara

Parish Church of St Mary, Attard

Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ħamrun

Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ta' L-Ibrag

Parish Church of Our Lady of Pompey, Marsaxlokk

Church of Our Lady of Angels, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, Naxxar

Church of Our Lady of Liesse, Valletta

Church of Our Lady of Mensija, Mensija, San Ġwann

Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Bir id-Deheb

Church of Our Lady of Montserrat, Birgu

Church of Our Lady of Good Council, Żejtun

Church of Our Lady of Victory, Birkirkara

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Msida, Malta

Chapel of the Immacualte Conception, Bengħisa, Birżebbuġa

Knisja ta' Santa Marija ta' Bubaqra, Żurrieq

Knisja ta' Santa Marija ta' Ħal-Muxi, Żebbu

Knisja tal-Madonna ta' Filfla, Filfla island near Żurrieq

Knisja tal-Madonna tal-Girgenti, Siġġiewi

Knisja tal-Madonna tal-Ġebla, Gżira

Knisja tal-Madonna tal-Ħerba, Birkirkara

Knisja tal-Madonna tal-Ħlas, Qormi

Knisja tal-Madonna tal-Karmnu, Mdina

Knisja tal-Madonna tal-Mirakli, Lija

Knisja tal-Madonna tas-Samra, Ħamrun

Knisja tal-Madonna tas-Silġ, Delimara[disambiguation needed]

Kappella tal-Madonna tal-Midalja Mirakuluża, Blata l-Bajda

Knisja ta' Santa Marija tal-Ħlas, Żejtun

Santwarju tal-Madonna tal-Ghar, Rabat

Santwarju tal-Madonna ta' Pinu, Għarb, Gozo

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa in Mellieħa

Knisja ta' Marija Bambina, Senglea

Knisja ta' Marija Bambina, Naxxar

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Cospicua

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces, Żabbar

Knisja ta Marija Bambina Imtahleb - Ir-Rabat

Knisja tal-Immkalulata Kuncizzjoni- Il-Kuncizzjoni L/O Rabat

Knisja tal-Immakulata Kuncizzjoni- Palazzo Gomerino L/O Rabat

Knisja ta; Santa Marija-Tal-Virtu', Ir-Rabat

Knisja ta; Santa Marija-( Ta Duna) Ir-Rabat

Knisja ta Marija Annunzjata (Il-Lunzjata) Ir-Rabat

Knisja tat- twelid ta; Marija (Tas-Salib) Ir-Rabat

KNisja tat-twelid tal-Madonna (Ta' Qasha') Ir-Rabat

Knisja ta Santa Marija ta Gesu (Ta'Giezu) Ir-Rabat


Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health (Annai Vailankanni) Kampung Pandan Kuala Lumpur


The Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico

Basilica of San Juan de los Lagos in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico

Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, Zapopan, Jalisco


Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast


Our Lady Star of the Sea, Maastricht

Our Lady the Sweet Mother, 's-Hertogenbosch, St. John's Cathedral

Our Lady of Handel, Handel

The Lady of All Nations, Amsterdam

Our Lady Wealth of Joys, Oirschot

Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sittard

Our Lady at Peril, Heiloo

Our Lady of the Enclosed Garden, Warfhuizen

Our Lady under the Limes, Uden

Our Lady of Ommel, Ommel

Our Lady under the Limes, Thorn

Our Lady of Frieswijk, Schalkhaar

Our Lady of Oud-Zevenaar, Oud Zevenaar

Our Lady of Bolsward, Bolsward

Our Lady of Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden

Our Lady ter Weeghe, Haastrecht

Our Lady of the sand, Roermond

Our Lady of Schilberg, Echt

Our Lady of Haarlem, Haarlem

Our Lady of Eiteren, IJsselstein

Our Lady in the Oak, Meerveldhoven

Our Lady of Aarle-Rixtel, Aarle-Rixtel


San Francisco de Cuapa

Catedral de León (Nicaragua)


National Marian Shrine, Mariamabad


Virgen de los Remedios de Pampanga, Patrona de la Pampanga, Arzopispado de Pampanga, Archdiocese of San Fernando, San Fernando, Pampanga

National Shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, Nuestra Senora de Covadonga Reina del Rosario Santissimo de La Trinidad, (San Jose Parish Church, Poblacion, La Trinidad, Benguet)

Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, Carmelite Monastery Church, Lipa City, Batangas

Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay, Taal, Batangas

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Visitation of Piat, Piat, Cagayan

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City, Camarines Sur

Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Salvation, Joroan, Tiwi, Albay

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Malolos, Bulacan

Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace (EDSA Shrine), Mandaluyong City

Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila

Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Sampaloc, Manila

Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Seňora de Guia, Ermita, Manila

Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia de Manila, Paco, Manila

Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan

National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque City

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Baclaran, Parañaque City

Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Pasig City

National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, New Manila, Quezon City

Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Novaliches, Quezon City

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila (Santo Domingo Church), Quezon City

National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City

National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo City, Rizal

Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu, San Mateo, Rizal

Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Abandoned, Marikina City

Our Lady of the Pillar, Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur

National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Marulas, Valenzuela City

Our Lady of Charity, Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Assumption of Mary, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur

Our Lady of Good Success, Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew, Parañaque

Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion, Parish Church, Dasmariñas, Cavite

National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Biga II, Silang, Cavite

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, San Roque Church Cavite City. *Basilica of Our Lady of Charity , Agoo, La Union


The Black Madonna of Częstochowa in Jasna Góra Monastery, Częstochowa, Poland

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen in Licheń Stary, Poland

Kodeń, The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Kodeń, Poland

Różanystok, The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Różanystok, Poland

Brdów, The Sanctuary of Victoriaus Our Lady of Brdów, Poland

Stoczek Klasztorny, The Sanctuary Our Lady of Stoczek, Poland

Basilica of Omni-mediatress of All Glories, Niepokalanów

Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Krzeszów, Krzeszów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship

Marian Sanctuaries in Poland



Relic or Object


Church of the Visitiation of our Lady. Redemptorists

Sculpture of our lady from the 12th century ., crowned July 3, 1966. (abp Bolesław Kominek)


Church of the Immaculate Conception

Icon of Our Lady of Będkow from the 15th century.


Church of the Immaculate Conception Paulists

Icon of Our Lady of Joy MB from the 15th century crowned September 12, 1976. by (cardinal. Stefan Wyszyński)

Stara Błotnica

Church of the Immaculate Conception

Icon of Our Lady from the 16th century crowned in 1977.


Church of St. Nicholas

Icon of Our Lady from the 15th-16th century, crowned in 1931.

Borek Stary

Monastery of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

obraz MB Borkowskiej z Dzieciątkiem, crowned on the August 15, 1919


Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro in Braga, Portugal

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lapa, in Sernancelhe, Portugal

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Health, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal


Shrine of Mary Comforter of the Afflicted, Șumuleu Ciuc


Fyodorovskaya Church, Yaroslavl


Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Kibeho


Marianka, Malacky District


Đunis Monastery, Đunis, central Serbia

Krušedol monastery, Fruška Gora, Vojvodina province

Studenica Monastery, central Serbia

South Africa

Ngome Marian Shrine, KwaZulu-Natal


The National Shrine Mary Help of Christians at Brezje

The mantled Virgin Mary - the protector from Ptujska Gora

Church of Our Lady of Mercy on Zaplaz

Basilica of St. Mary, Mother of God at Sveta Gora

Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary in Petrovče


The Sanctuary of Chandavila, in La Codosera, Extremadura

The Sanctuary of Black Virgin of Montserrat, in Montserrat, Catalonia

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Covadonga, in Picos de Europa, Asturias

The Sanctuary of Saint Mary of Guadalupe, in Province of Cáceres, Extremadura

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, in Zaragoza, Aragón

The Shrine of Our Lady of Rocío, in Andalucia

The Basilica and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Candelaria, Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal, in Cantabrian Mountains

The Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Umbe, in Laukiz, near Bilbao, Biscay

The Benedictine Sanctuary of Valvanera, in La Rioja

The Basilica of Begoña in Bilbao

Sri Lanka

Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, in Tewatte, Ragama

Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Mannar district

Shrine of Our Lady of Matara in Matara


Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln, Einsiedeln

Madonna del Sasso, Orselina


Convent of Our Lady of Saidnaya, Saidnaya


House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey, believed to be the place where Mary was taken to by St. John and lived until the Assumption

Church of Mary in Ephesus, Turkey, in which the Council of Ephesus (the Third Ecumenical Council) was held in 431

Life-giving Spring in Istanbul, a famous spring associated with the healing powers of the Theotokos, the feast of which is celebrated on the Friday after Easter.


Dzhublyk, Zakarpattia Oblast

Pochayiv Lavra in Ukraine

The Basilica of the Most Holy Theotokos of Zarvanytsia, Ukraine

United Kingdom

Ladyewell Shrine: St Mary's at Fernyhalgh and Ladyewell - The Shrine of Our Lady and the Martyrs, Fulwood, Lancashire, England

Our Lady of Ipswich in Ipswich, England

Anglican shrine and Roman Catholic "national shrine" of Our Lady of Walsingham in Walsingham, England[6]

Shrine of Our Lady of Egmanton in Egmanton, Nottinghamshire, England

Our Lady of the Taper in Cardigan, Wales

Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham, near Reading in Berkshire

Shrine of Our Lady, Bradstowe

Shrine of Our Lady in Penrhys, Wales

Shrine of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, The Holy Child & St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bedford, England

Our Lady of Doncaster in Doncaster, England

Our Lady of Westminster in Westminster Cathedral, London

Anglican Church and original Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, Willesden, London

Roman Catholic Church and Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, Willesden, London

Church and Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory (also known as "Church of the Assumption" and "Warwick Street Church"), London

United States

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Basilica of the National Shrine of the; in Baltimore, Maryland

Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos, in Jefferson County, Missouri

Blessed Virgin Mary, Shrine of the; in Holy Name of Jesus Church, San Francisco, California

Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Basilica of; in Erin, Wisconsin

Immaculate Conception, Basilica of the National Shrine of the; in Washington, D.C.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, National Blue Army Shrine of the; in Washington, New Jersey (see Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima#Blue Army Shrine)

Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, National Shrine of; in Orlando, Florida

Necedah Shrine, an interdicted Marian shrine in Necedah, Wisconsin.

Our Lady of Consolation, Basilica and National Shrine of, in Carey, Ohio

Our Lady of Czestochowa, National Shrine of; in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Our Lady of Fátima shrine in Franklin Furnace, Ohio

Our Lady of Good Help, Shrine of; Brown County, Wisconsin

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrine of; in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Our Lady of the Island, Shrine of; in Manorville, New York

Our Lady of La Salette, National Shrine of; in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Our Lady of Lebanon, National Shrine of; North Jackson, Ohio

Our Lady of Loreto, in Goliad, Texas

Our Lady of Lourdes, in Emmitsburg, Maryland

Our Lady of Lourdes Belmont Abbey, Charlotte, North Carolina. http://belmontabbeycollege.edu/about/community/

Our Lady of Lourdes, National Shrine of; in Euclid, Ohio

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto located on the grounds of St. Francis Seminary, in St. Francis, Wisconsin

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto maintained by the Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate in San Antonio, Texas

Our Lady of Martyrs, Shrine of, Auriesville, New York (also known as the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs)

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, National Shrine of; in Perryville, Missouri

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, National Shrine of; in Middletown, New York

Our Lady of Peace Shrine, in Santa Clara, California

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Our Lady of the Rockies, in Butte, Montana

The Official Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers at Bayside, New York

Our Lady of the Snows, National Shrine of, in Belleville, Illinois

Our Lady of Sorrows, Shrine of; in Rhineland, Missouri

Our Lady of Walsingham for the Episcopal Church, National Shrine to; Grace Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Our Sorrowful Mother, National Sanctuary of; in Portland, Oregon

Queen of the Holy Rosary Memorial Shrine (in memory of military veterans) in LaSalle, Illinois

Saint Mary, Cathedral of, in Miami, Florida

Schoenstatt Marian Shrine, in Madison, Wisconsin


Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Thirty-Three, Florida


The Shrine of Our Lady of Betania, in the State of Miranda, Venezuela

Our Lady of Coromoto, Guanare, Venezuela

Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, Zulia, Venezuela


Our Lady of La Vang in Quảng Trị, Vietnam

Notre-Dame de Tà Pao in Binh Thuan, Vietnam

Rectors of Shrine

since 1929 till now

1929 till 1936

Fr. Francis MENHEM

1936 till 1942

Fr. Boulos EL SOKHEN

1942 till 1945

Fr. Hanna GHOSEN

1945 till 1951

Fr. Maroun ANDARY

1951 till 1954

Fr. Boulos EL SOKHEN

1954 till 1959

Fr. Boutros CHALHOUB & Fr. Elias NOHRA EDDEH

1959 till 1966


1966 till 1977

Fr. Boulos NAJEM & Fr. Kamil Antoun

1983 till 1989

Fr. Kamil ANTOUN & Fr. Philippe YAZBECK, Arthur MHANNA, Philippe SEAIBY

1989 till 1995

Fr. Boulos NAJEM & Fr. Younen OBEID, Hannoun ANDRAOS, Kamil ANTOUN, Maurice BOUEIZ, Emil EDDEH, Hanni CHLELA, Michel CHEBLY, Andreh STEPHAN, Elie ANDARY

1995 till 2001

Fr. Hanni CHLELA & Fr. Boulos NAJEM, Asaad EL BASHA, Ghassan MATTAR, Micehl CHEBLI, Maurice BOUEIZ, Elie ANDARY, Miled SKAYEM, Youhanna charbel BOU ZAKHEM, Jack NKOULAS, Edmond RIZKALLAH, Boulos HABBOUCH, Georges TERES, Georges KEYROUZ

2001 till 2004

Fr. Hannoun ANDRAOS & Fr. Georges KEYROUZ, Emile EDDEH, Elias ANDARY, Maroun HAREB, Fady TABET

2004 till 2007

Fr. Hannoun ANDRAOS & Fr. Elias ANDARY, Philippe SEAAYBI, Emile EDDEH, Maroun HAREB, Antoine DERJANI, Sami RACHED, Gaby GEAAGEAA, Chabel HABCI, Youhanna Yechouh EL KHOURY, Sami CHAAYA, Elie ANDRAOS

2007 till 2013

Fr. Khalil ALWAN & fr. Younen OBEID,  Sami RACHED, Antonios BAZOUNY, Saiid IRANY, Youhanna Yechouh EL KHOURY, Elie ANDRAOS

2013 till NOW

fr. Younen OBEID & Fr. Khalil ALWAN,  Sami RACHED, Antonios BAZOUNY, Saiid IRANY, Youhanna Yechouh EL KHOURY, Elie ANDARY Habib KALAKECH