Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida - Aparecida, Brazil
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S 22° 51.102 W 045° 14.049
23K E 475977 N 7472877
Quick Description: The largest basilica in Brazil. Inside is an icon of Brazil's patron saint.
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:05:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM3N16
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 79

Long Description:
"The town of Aparecida, Brazil, houses two Basilicas dedicated to the National Patron Saint, the "Appeared Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary", better known as Our Lady of Aparecida: the "Old Basilica", built between 1760 and 1770 and restored from 1824 to 1834, which was established as a Minor Basilica by Pope Saint Pius X in 1908, and the "New Basilica".

The "New Basilica" of the National Shrine of Our Lady of AparecidaThis much larger building became necessary due to the popularity of Our Lady of Aparecida, and in 1955 construction on this new Basilica was begun. Architect Benedito Calixto designed a building in the form of a Greek cross, 173 m (567 ft) long and 168 m (551 ft) wide; the dome reaches 70 m (229 ft) and the steeple rises to 105 m (334 ft), placing it also among the largest and biggest churches in the world, holding up to 45,000 people. The 272,000 square meters of parking hold 4,000 buses and 6,000 cars.

The building was consecrated by Pope John Paul II while still under construction, on July 4, 1980. The Pope created the church as a Minor Basilica and named it the National Shrine of Brazil.

The New Basilica is one of the largest Catholic places of worship in the world and in 1984 was officially declared by the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) "the largest Marian Temple in the world."

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Basilica of the Shrine of Aparecida on May 12, 2007, during his Apostolic Journey to Brazil on the occasion of the 5th General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean."
Type of Church: Basilica

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 1/1/1955

Archdiocese: Aparecida

Diocese: Aparecida

Av Dr Júlio Preste
Aparecida, SP Brazil

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Dominant Architectural Style: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

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