National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is the nation’s largest outdoor shrine. It is a peaceful spiritual retreat set on 200 landscaped acres. Twelve devotional areas offer places to pray, reflect or simply meditate just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis.
One of the most popular devotional sites is the Lourdes Grotto, a replica of the famed shrine in France. Visitors are welcome to walk or drive the grounds. A free guided trolley tour is also available. Stay for dinner and spend the night at the on-site Shrine Hotel.
The National Shrine offers a variety of unique services, programs and events for spiritual enrichment. People of all faiths and denominations are always welcome.
Pet Lovers – Are invited to attend Tails, Trails Twinkles, Sunday, November 27, 2011, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Bring your canine friends to enjoy a walk through the lights. All walkers welcome, dogs must be on leashes. Refreshments, music, pet blessings are on the program. Sorry pet lovers, this event is for dogs only.
Ladies Day Out – will feature shopping from local vendors, Luncheon & Quarter Auction, Guided Meditation Sessions, A presentation with professional organizer Janine Adams of Peace of Mind Organization, and wine tasting
Funds raised will help to bring the Way of Lights to the community free of charge. For more information or to register: 618.394.6292
Where to Eat – Well known for outstanding food and great service, the AAA-rated Shrine Restaurant has been serving delicious meals since 1960.
Check the website for coupons on some meal options such as
- Friday & Saturday Night Germanfest
- Thursday Night Steak Special
- Sunday Night Chicken Buffet, Featuring Chicken & Dumplings and Fried Chicken
Where to Stay – Shrine Hotel, a Belleville hotel is 12 miles from downtown St. Louis. Hotel amenities include, free high-speed wireless internet (wifi), fitness room, guest laundry facilities, small pets welcomed. The hotel is adjacent to Our Lady of the Snows Church and the Shrine. Restaurant.
For more information: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. DeMazenod Dr., Belleville, IL 62223-1023, phone: 618-397-6700 or 800-682-2879. 15 Minutes from downtown St. Louis (I-255, Exit 17-A).
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Feature photo: Main Shrine is situated at the base of a natural outdoor amphitheatre. All photos courtesy National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
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