Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville

#22 of 76 in Historic Sites in Alabama
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, informally known as OLAM Shrine, is a prominent Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine located in Hanceville, Alabama, United States within the Diocese of Birmingham. Adjacent is the cloistered Monastery of the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration, situated on a 400-acre (160 ha) site and a religious center affiliated with the Eternal Word Television Network.

The Shrine is notable for its gilt interior, solemn atmosphere, and 7.5-foot (2.3 m) monstrance. The Shrine is named in honor of the Most Blessed Sacrament, while the building surroundings are dedicated to the Divino Niño, a title of the Child Jesus found prominently displayed all over the area. Its foundress, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, resided at the cloistered monastery with her nuns until her death in 2016.

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  • I had no idea that this shrine would be so beautiful! I had wanted to travel there for several years and finally did it. We drove up from Florida. The Shrine is on 400 acres of land. The church...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful, peaceful place. Reserve a place for the tours, they fill up fast. They add a lot of background to the visit. Gift shop had in depth Catholic bookstore. Take a picnic meal, they....  more »
  • It's quite beautiful! We tried to go in to the crypt but the door was closed and there were some people chanting like a cult in there. So we booked it out! Overall amazing place!
  • Nice church. Very peaceful atmosphere. Can be too hot in the day so you might want to visit in the later afternoons.

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