Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday in My City- The Basilica

Located in Lackawanna, NY
just 20 or so minutes from my house...
I had driven by once and was astound at it's beauty....
When my parents were here visiting I decided it was time to visit the Basilica.


Father Nelson Baker also known as Padre to the poor
85 years ago, his dream came alive....
"A true architectural wonder, the Basilica of Our Lady of Victory stands as a tangible symbol of one man's unshakable faith and devotion to his patroness, Mary. It is a place of wondrous beauty, radiating hope to all those who arrive at its doors in desperate need. Its hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and mosaics dazzle the senses and evoke awe in even the hardest of hearts. But, above all, the Basilica is a gift of thanks. A gift, offered by Msgr. Nelson Baker, V.G., to his helpmate, Our Lady of Victory, for more than 50 years of inspiration and spiritual assistance."










I have visited many grand churches while we lived in Europe and this Basilica is right up there with the best of them. My pictures really don't do justice. In the basement of Basilica is a museum and gift shop both just as impressive. I could go on and on about this amazing place and Father Baker...if your interested Wikipedia does a great description and much better pictures than mine. 

And if you are ever in or near Buffalo, New York it's worth a detour...

Now lets head over to San Francisco and see what UNKNOWN MAMI is up to! 

HAPPY SUNDAY!!

17 comments:

oceangirl said...

It is an impressive structure, architecture and interior. You are right, you would think to find a Basilica such as this only in Europe. I really liked the color. Sounds like your parents are having a grand time.

Susan said...

So nice to spend a great visit with your parents, that would be on my folks "to do" list too... a Basilica!!!!!!

Tara R. said...

What a gorgeous church. Amazing architecture.

Melissa said...

It looks beautiful! Glad you're exploring the area where you live - it's amazing what you see.

lisaroyhandbags said...

So gorgeous! It's amazing what you discover right in your own area :)

Maggie May said...

What a beautiful building. I especially love the stained glass and the angel.
You have taken some lovely photos and I'm glad your parents could visit and enjoy the lovely Church too.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Laurie Matherne said...

The stained glass is impressive. Enjoy your Sunday.

Amy said...

The roof on that covered walkway is my favorite--the colors are lovely.

I really like how you change your header each month.

Deidra said...

That is such a beautiful structure. And I think the pictures you took are breathtaking!

Unknown Mami said...

Wow, it's pretty awe-inspiring.

Sonya said...

Oh my goodness, thats so beautiful! Im coming to see you someday and you can take me to all of these wonderful places :)

likeschocolate said...

Wow! What a gem! So beautiful!

ttmillers said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!!!! The architecture is amazing! All the detail that went into making the church. You are right, it does look like something you'd see in Europe.

Joanna Jenkins said...

LOVE the ceilings-- And what a gorgeous place. It looks like a nice family outing.

Hope it's warm there and your weekend's been good.

xo jj

Kristin - The Goat said...

It's amazing what beauty is just around the corner (or 20 minutes away!)

Buckeroomama said...

I love visiting churches. When we were in Europe, I drove my friend crazy wanting to go inside every church we came across! :)

Cathee said...

Wow that really is beautiful!