The magnificence, grandeur and natural beauty of the Shrine is beautifully highlighted by an awe-inspiring Dome Basilica covered with two layers of glass and Plexiglas, with a contour of the Northern Hemisphere of the earth. The impressive and serene approach to the Basilica is down the Avenue of the Saints where over one hundred life-size marble statues represent Saints from every race and walk of life, and around the peacefulness that is emitted around the Rosary Pool. Two flights of stairs, with 63 steps, lead to the top of the Dome, where, in graceful majesty, stands a huge statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue, carved from Vermont granite, is 13 feet high and weighs ten tons. From the top of the Dome, visitors can view the entire Shrine grounds and surrounding countryside.
The 63 steps represent the 63 titles honouring Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Photo taken in Lewiston, NY, USA
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