Our Lady of Victory Basilica

As Mark and I pulled into the botanical gardens,  my eye caught sight of a most spectacular church…

I toured the gardens, thinking whenI was done, I really needed to check out the church;  I had been to the gardens more than once or twice, but somehow, I missed this! The funniest part was that as Mark sat in the parking lot, *he* noticed the church, too, and asked if I needed to check it out!

After taking many photos of the church exterior, my interest really piqued!  After all, this is unlike any other church…or building for that matter…..found in Buffalo!

almost breathtaking.small

the sign sums it up.small

this church is nearly a block big.small

At this point, I will interject that a comprehensive history and tour of both inside and outside the basilica can be found here:

http://olv-bvs.org/ourladyofvictory/Basilica/Welcome.html

I just have to note on the statue below. (I found this info on the link above)  This basilica was the dream of a priest named Father Baker.  He wanted to build this edifice and worked to get the funding for it.  The two large statues were created in Italy of marble and one was to feature a nun, representing the sisters who worked at the various facilities there. The other was to feature a priest.  When the new statue arrived and was unveiled, Father Baker was most upset to find HE was the “brother” represented!  After some hot words  from the priest, he finally conceded….

beautiful adornments.small

so amazing.small

impressive structure.small

My very favorite part of this church is the four giant copper angels, facing north, south, east, and west.

love those heralding angels.small

one last glimpse at the enormity.small

It would be interesting to see the inside of this church. From the photos given on the link I provided,  it looks like it would be an awesome sight!

2 Responses

  1. Touch of the Berninis in these altar pillars! I can’t bring myself to love the baroque in architecture … it looks to be quite an extraordinary building to have been built when it was.

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