Knock Shrine and Basilica
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Knock Basilica

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque town of Knock in County Mayo, the Knock Basilica stands as a testament to Ireland's rich Roman Catholic heritage. This magnificent structure, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, is a beacon of the Latin Rite and a symbol of modern architecture. Crafted with precision and passion by the renowned architect Daithi Hanly, the basilica's concrete edifice was completed in 1976 and has since been a spiritual haven for many.

With a capacity to embrace approximately 10,000 souls, the basilica dutifully serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam. It's not just a standalone marvel; it's an integral part of the sacred Knock Shrine grounds. This spiritual complex encompasses four other churches, including the revered Apparition Church. It's here that, as per Catholic lore, on a fateful Thursday evening in August 1879, the ethereal figures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist graced the world with their presence. The old Parish church, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and the Chapel of Reconciliation further add to the sanctity of the place. But the basilica's charm doesn't end with its spiritual significance. It's also home to Ireland's National Marian shrine, a treasure trove of religious books, a tranquil caravan and camping park, the inviting Knock House Hotel, and the informative Knock Museum. 

The Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland isn't just a structure; it's an experience. Its towering spire, a beacon of faith, can be spotted from miles away, painting the Western skyline. Established in 1976, it has since catered to countless pilgrims who flock to the Knock Shrine annually. The church's elevation to basilica status by Pope John Paul II in 1979 and its extensive redevelopment in 2015 have only added to its allure. Its interiors, a blend of beauty and spirituality, pay tribute to Ireland's ecclesiastical past with window frames inspired by ancient churches from the four Irish provinces.

Throughout the pilgrimage season, the basilica provides a serene setting for numerous ceremonies, with the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock being a highlight since 1977. The newly revamped interiors exude warmth, welcoming all into a sacred, peaceful embrace. From the plush ash wood seating to the ambient lighting, every detail is curated with the pilgrim's comfort in mind. 

The pièce de résistance of the Knock Basilica is undoubtedly its grand mosaic, which vividly portrays the Knock Apparition scene from 1879. This masterpiece, the largest of its kind in Europe, boasts 1.5 million individual mosaic tiles. Crafted in Spilimbergo, Italy by the skilled hands of Travisanutto and conceptualized by the illustrious Irish illustrator, PJ Lynch, it's a sight to behold.