“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flushing in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Exedra

The site of the Vatican Pavilion

The Exedra Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, circa March 2000
1. The Exedra Marker
This the site of the Vatican Pavilion was
authorized by POPE JOHN XXIII visited on October 4,
1965 by
during his mission of peace to

the building exhibited Michelangelo’s Pieta and other art treasures – it symbolized the brotherhood of man the spirit of ecumenism and the theme of the New York World’s Fair 1964-1965 ∙Peace Through Understanding∙

The Vatican Pavilion
Francis Cardinal – Spellman
Most Reverend Bryan J. McEntegart
Vice President
The Vatican Pavilion was dedicated on April 19, 1964
Erected 1967 by Roman Catholic Church.
Location. 40° 44.567′ N, 73° 50.533′ W. Marker is in Flushing, New York, in Queens County. Marker is on Meridian Road aka Perimeter Road 0.1 miles west of Exit 22A (Interstate 495), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Within Flushing Meadows Corona Park on the former grounds of the 1964/64 New York World's Fair. The site can be accessed via Interstate 495 exit 22A or the Grand Central Parkway exit 10W-E. The Exedra is adjacent to the site of the Astral Fountain and the New York State Pavilion on the "Avenue of Peace" within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Marker is in this post office area: Flushing NY 11355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Unisphere (approx. 0.3 miles away); William A. Shea Municipal Stadium (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Louis Armstrong House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Flushing Civil War Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); Remsen Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Flushing.
More about this marker. The marker is frequently used by local Catholics for prayer and devotional purposes.
Regarding The Exedra. Groundbreaking for the Vatican Pavilion was October 31, 1962. The completed pavilion was dedicated on April 19, 1964 for the opening of the NY World's Fair. During the groundbreaking ceremony Pope John XXIII gave his remarks in Latin which were transmitted live from the Vatican in Rome. The Exedra is situated on the exact location of the Vatican Pavilion.

Architecturally an Exedra is a semi-circular shaped recess typically placed on a building facade. The Exedra in Flushing is often referred to as the "Excedra" adding the letter "c" to the name. Although not part of a building the Vatican Pavilion Exedra is semi-circular and shaped like a scroll.
Also see . . .
1. Vatican Pavilion Dedication Ceremonies October 31, 1962. Dedication program. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.) 

2. The Excedra - Brief History. Pilgrimage information to site. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.) 

3. The Vatican Pavilion. Extensive information regarding the Vatican Pavilion and the 1964/65 New York World's Fair can be found on this website. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 83 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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