The Maronite Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon is a replica of a shrine located in Harissa, Lebanon. It is 50 feet high and weighs 3700 tons with 64 steps leading to the top, one for each prayer of the rosary. At the top is the 12 foot tall statue of Our Lady, which is carved of pink granite and stand on a base of over 4 feet. When the statue was placed on top of the tower in July 1965, “a large cloud turned all the brilliant shades of the rainbow” which was interpreted as a sign of the Virgin Mary’s favor.
Originally the owner of the land that the shrine is on would not sell to a Catholic. The priest that wanted to buy it to build the church told the owner that he would say a novena for her to sell the property to him. Before the 9 days were over the owner called and told him, “Priest, come and take the land. Your Lady is bothering me in my sleep!”