The beautifully crafted, bespoke ash wood seating at Knock Basilica, handcrafted in County Leitrim, create a welcoming and accessible space for pilgrims to share and celebrate the faith together. If you would like to support Knock Shrine, you may wish to consider becoming a Basilica Seat Benefactor. Your gift is a lovely way to celebrate the memory of a loved one or to have your family remembered here at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine.
The names of all benefactors is inscribed on a specially commissioned plaque which is erected in an appropriate location with the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland.
With its impressive spire clearly visible across the rural Western skyline, this iconic church was constructed in honour of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland and dedicated in 1976 to provide for the thousands of pilgrims who visit Knock Shrine each year.
The church was elevated to the status of Basilica by Pope John Paul II when he visited Knock Shrine in 1979 and extensively redeveloped in 2015. Its stunning interior can be equally described as aesthetically beautiful and spiritually uplifting. The window frames that divide each chapel are replicas from ancient churches and abbeys in each of the four provinces in Ireland and pay homage to our rich ecclesiastical heritage.
Knock Basilica forms a serene backdrop for ceremonies throughout the pilgrimage season, most notably the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock. The new award-winning interior radiates an atmosphere of warmth and welcome in a space that is sacred and peaceful. Every detail has been developed with the comfort of pilgrims in mind, from the beautiful ash wood seating to the atmospheric lighting.
The artistic highlight of Knock Basilica is the spectacular mosaic depicting the Knock Apparition scene of 1879. The mosaic is the largest of its kind in Europe, comprising 1.5 million pieces of individual mosaic tiles. It was crafted in Spilimbergo, Italy by Travisanutto, Artisan Mosaic makers and was designed here in Ireland by the renowned illustrator, PJ Lynch.