National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville

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The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is a Catholic shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belleville, Illinois, nine miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The Shrine's director is the Reverend Father David Uribe, OMI. The shrine is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, but it is operated by the United States Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Shrine name refers to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, where legend says snow fell in the summertime.
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  • What an incredibly beautiful property full a wonderful art and places to pray and meditate. Stopped for early mass and spent another two hours enjoying the grounds. 
    What an incredibly beautiful property full a wonderful art and places to pray and meditate. Stopped for early mass and spent another two hours enjoying the grounds.  more »
  • This is a deceptively big place. We ended up spending 3 hours here. We first visited the visitor center; watched the movie on the background and got a map of where to go. I recommend doing this... 
    This is a deceptively big place. We ended up spending 3 hours here. We first visited the visitor center; watched the movie on the background and got a map of where to go. I recommend doing this...  more »
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  • What an incredible place. Like all the sacred places I visit, I didn't even know about it, was driving through and saw signs for it on road. What a blessed place. The architecture is fantastic. The place is beautiful and Mother Mary Energy was sooooo pure and Strong, she feels so powerful here. I loved it. My name is Maria so I took the angel picture for me. Lovely place. Day way rainy, but it didn't matter. Will be happy to return and take more pictures🕊️
  • This is a deceptively big place. We ended up spending 3 hours here. We first visited the visitor center; watched the movie on the background and got a map of where to go. I recommend doing this first. We drove to the stations of the cross and got out and walked.. I recommend walking it; all stations have audio. Was very peaceful; and got me feeling more serene. We did go then to the main shrine; at the bottom of the hill with many seats. We visited the chapel around the back; which is very well maintained. Directly across from the Main Shrine is The Millennium Spire - which was built to commemorate the Third Millennium. It stands at 85' tall and is made of stainless steel. Then we went to an area with bells and a pond. Finally, we got back in the car and went to The Lourdes Grotto. The Grotto is actually very near the entrance, but we saved it for the end of the visit. Things were extremely quiet and peaceful on the day we visited.

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