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Cathedral of the Incarnation
2015 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
The cathedral seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville.
Construction of the church began in 1910 under the direction of the presiding bishop Thomas Sebastian Byrne. It was completed and dedicated July 26, 1914. The church has undergone two major renovations in 1937 and 1987. The church resembles a typical Roman basilica. The design is based upon that of one of the most famous churches in Rome, Saint Martin's on the Hill. The bell tower is similar to that of Saint Damase, also in Rome.
Virgin of the Poor Shrine
Town of New Hope
South Pittsburgh, TN. 37380
The Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor is a replica of the shrine in Banneaux, Belgium. The origin is as follows:
During the winter of 1933, the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl in Banneux Belgium eight times. During one visit she led Mariette to a spring and told her: "Plunge your hands into the water. This spring is reserved for me." During another visit Mariette asked her who she was, and she replied, "I am the Virgin of the Poor." The Virgin again led Mariette to the spring, and said, "This is reserved for all nations, for the sick."
During the fourth visit, the Virgin said she would like a little chapel built and made the sign of the cross.
The local shrine was made under the direction of a Benedictine monk, Father Basil Mattingly. The statue of the Virgin Mary was purchased in Banneux, Belgium.
The shrine is open from sunrise to sunset every day.
We do not have a street address but directions are as follows:
From I-24 at South Pittsburgh take SR 156 East 2.2 miles to Burns Island Road. Left one mile, then follow the shrine signs.
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