One of Bostons most visible and popular landmarks would seem to give fliers a comforting vision coming into Logan Airport. The Madonna Queen Shrine was founded by the Don Orione Fathers in 1954 and sits atop a hill in the Orient Heights section of East Boston. It was built to fulfill the wish of Don Orione that beside every work of charity, in this case the Don Orione Home for the Elderly, there would be a work of faith. And this one is a beauty: The 35-foot-high statue of the Blessed Mother was created by Italian-Jewish sculptor Arrigo Minerbi free of charge. He had escaped Nazi persecution thanks to the protection of the Don Orione Fathers in Milan, and this statue was his way of thanking them.
150 Orient Ave., East Boston, 617-569-2100, donorioneusa.org/Madonna.