The Marian Orchard has spent the last three years doing a major upgrade and improvements to its existing features.
ENTRANCE PLAZA (Planned renovation, for completion in 2018)
This is the pedestrian entrance to The Marian Orchard. As you walk up towards the entrance gate, you will spot the image of Immaculate Heart of Mary.
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHAPEL (Planned renovation, for completion in 2018)
This will be the new chapel, and will be accessible at the promenade level. This will complement the Sacred Heart Chapel. At the Marian Plaza level, below the chapel, will be the planned Museo Maria.
Except for some seminar rooms that are made accessible to pilgrims by prior arrangement, this area is off-limits to the general public.
At Plaza Corazon, you will have a choice of how you may want to continue your Marian Orchard journey: 1) visit the Meditation Garden (which will bring you back to Plaza Corazon), 2) visit the Via Crucis Garden (which will bring you to the Marian Plaza), or 3) go to Plaza Salida, where you can see the site of the future Museo Santa Familia (planned for 2019). From Plaza Salida, your choice will be to either proceed to the Via Crucis Garden, or return to Plaza Corazon for the walk up the Garden Steps, back to Plaza Entrada.
SKY TERRACE (NEW!)
To be opened soon, this garden is a good vantage point to view the Rosarium from above, and also to take in the view of the surrounding countryside, all the way to the mountain view of Mt. Maculot. There is also a photo spot where you can do a "selfie," with the giant rosary of the Rosarium as your backdrop. The Sky Terrace recently served as the "stage" for the choir that sang the Marian songs that accompanied the Candlelight Rosary event. This beautiful event, which celebrated the Rosary month last October, and which lasted for about two hours, recited all the 20 mysteries of the rosary, with Marian songs that were sang in between.
COMING SOON (2018)
In 2018, The Marian Orchard’s facilities will be further developed. Improvements to look forward to include the construction of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel and Museo Maria; renovation of the Pedestrian Entrance Plaza; and the completion of the Marian Plaza.
Also slated to be completed are the Rosarium Garden enhancement; landscaping improvements of the Via Crucis; and the full makeover of the Garden Steps arches.
Set to take shape in 2019 are new structures including the Museo Santa Familia (with the Nazareth Family Home, the Carpenter's Workshop of St Joseph, and the Nativity Collection); the El Camino delos Santos; the Faith Nature Garden; and its very own parking lot.
To note, these plans may still be subject to change.