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The largest rosary in the world is under construction in Lebanon

A handful of Lebanese Christians have been working for 15 years on a huge project: to build the largest rosary in the world, in order to pray for peace and unity in Lebanon.

The idea was born during a pilgrimage to Medjugorje (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 2006. The police confused the name of one of the Lebanese members of the group and this man found himself in prison for several days. During his captivity, he began to pray, and the idea of ​​building a large shrine to the Virgin Mary came to him. Taking a pen, he drew a sketch of this giant rosary whose shape imitated the contours of Lebanon.

Upon his release, the dental technician began raising funds to launch his project, and in 2008 the groundbreaking ceremony took place. The size of the “grains” that make up this rosary is exceptional: nearly 5 meters long and 3 wide. These 59 concrete chapels are crossed by tunnels so that pilgrims can pass while saying the Ave Maria. A small community has already settled on the site and prays the rosary there with some Christians from the surrounding area. But the project, supported by the Lebanese Maronite Church, is far from complete. For the structure to be complete, it is still necessary to decorate the “pearls” and erect a huge cross above a chapel where perpetual adoration will be offered. At night, the nearly 2,000 foot long loop will be illuminated and visible from the sky.

Giant rosary in Lebanon

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A symbol of peace

This extraordinary work continues while Lebanon is going through a very serious economic crisis. But for the Christians who support the project, it is important to carry it out, firstly because the inspiration for this rosary was born in 2006, the year of the war between Israel and Lebanon. In this volatile region of the world – the site is about 30 km from the border with Syria – the purpose of the shrine is to pray for peace and unity in Lebanon.

Additionally, the land on which the shrine is built overlooks the northern Beqaa plain, where many Shia Muslims now reside. “We see that the Virgin Mary attracts a lot of Muslims,” says Archbishop Hanna Rahme of the diocese of Baalbek-Deir El Ahmar, where the giant rosary is. “It’s also a way to build a bridge between our communities; may this sanctuary become a space for dialogue thanks to the Virgin Mary,” he adds.

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