Basilica of Our Lady Queen of Ireland

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The Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland ( English Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland , Irish Baisleac Chnoc Mhuire ) is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage church in Knock , County Mayo , Ireland . The church belonging to the Archdiocese of Tuam is part of the Marian Shrine in Knock. The church has the rank of minor basilica and is part of the Irish national shrine in Knock.


The pilgrimage is based on an apparition of Mary with the Saints Joseph the Worker and John the Evangelist on August 21, 1879. A suitable church was to be built on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the pilgrimage. On June 6, 1974, the foundation stone for the Basilica of Our Lady Queen of Ireland was laid by Pope Paul VI. blessed. The construction was completed in 1976.

On September 30, 1979, John Paul II visited the church on his third trip abroad and elevated it to a minor basilica . At the same time he awarded the Knock Shrine the Golden Rose .


The basilica was designed by the architect Daithi Hanly in a modern architectural style using concrete as a material. A narrow tower rises above the entrance. The church is designed as a central building that offers space for around 10,000 people on 3,000 square meters. The rising stalls are aligned radially to the raised people's altar . The basilica was modernized to mark its 40th anniversary. It received new floors, ceilings and a large mosaic with 1.5 million stones behind the altar, which represents the apparition of Mary. The basilica is part of the Knock Shrine, which includes four other churches, including the Apparition Church, the Old Parish Church, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and the Chapel of Atonement. In front of the basilica there is a large place for pilgrims.

Web links

Commons : Basilica of Our Lady Queen of Ireland  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Knock Queen of Ireland on
  2. Bridget Haggerty: Our Lady of Knock Shrine - Place of Mystery and Miracles. Retrieved June 27, 2018 .
  3. Joan Geraghty: Knock Shrine. July 8, 2012, accessed June 27, 2018 .
  4. ^ Refurbishment of Knock Basilica, Co. Mayo with pictures of the interior
  5. mosaic

Coordinates: 53 ° 47 '31.4 "  N , 8 ° 55' 3.3"  W.