“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. Touch 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
The Vatican Pavilion, 1964 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1964
2. The Vatican Pavilion, 1964
"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 walking distance of this marker. Skate Rental (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Lucy Day” at the New York World’s Fair (about 700 feet away); New York State Pavilion (about 700 feet away); Remnants from the ruins (about 700 feet away); Live Performances (about 700 feet away); Mezzanine Tour of New York State (about 700 feet away); World’s Largest Suspension Roof (about 700 feet away); Observation Towers (about 700 feet away).
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
"Pieta" behind bulletproof glass image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1965
3. "Pieta" behind bulletproof glass
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 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.) 

3. Our Lady of the Roses Shrine. Site of Our Lady of the Roses Shrine from 1975 to the present. An apparition site of the Blessed Virgin Mary's appearances to Veronica Lueken. (Submitted on July 12, 2017.) 
Additional keywords. Exedra, Excedra
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 941 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 30, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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