Shrine of the Blessed Mother – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura

Shrine of the Blessed Mother

This shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary is also a tribute from a mother to her fallen son.  

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Also known as Our Lady in the Parkway Shrine, this beloved memorial dedicated to the Virgin Mary rests atop a hill overlooking Interstate 376. 

Not only is this shrine well cared for, as is evident by the manicured shrubs, beautifully imperfect brick path, and various religious displays, but also offers an amazing view of the surrounding region. The shrine is a tranquil spot overlaid with the constant hum of cars racing below. 

The shrine was created in 1956 by Anna Cybak to honor her son who died fighting in Saipan during World War II. It’s said she was inspired to build the shrine after the Virgin Mary visited her in a dream. The site was under threat to be demolished during the early 2000s, as plans were underway to extend the highway, however, the plans were later abandoned. 

Most visitors to the site park their car or bike at the top of Wakefield Street, then walk down to the shrine. It offers the perfect place to reflect and contemplate. 

Know Before You Go

Park at the top of Wakefield and walk down to the shrine. Be careful as the walk is very steep. Be respectful of neighbors and be aware that this is a holy site to many.