Standing on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Basilica of Mount Mary dates back to the 16th century when a chapel was constructed by Jesuit priests from Portugal. The basilica draws thousands of devotees and pilgrims annually. Many of the faithful attest to the miraculous powers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The shrine attracts people from all faiths who pray to Virgin Mary for expressing their gratitude or requesting favours.
This magnificent quasi-Gothic structure is a recognisable landmark on Mumbai’s skyline. In 1954, this shrine was elevated to a minor basilica by Pope Pius XII. Mount Mary Basilica has received two Popes – Pope Paul VI (December 1964) and Pope John Paul II (February 1986).