Sesame installs lift at Knock Basilica, County Mayo, Ireland
Sesame Access has installed their award winning wheelchair access lifts into the altar of Knock Basilica; one of the most predominant Marian shrines in the world.
The patented Sesame six step Westminster retracting wheelchair stair lift is encased by stylish glass handrails and is beautifully integrated into the circular marble alter steps. The bespoke Sesame lift enables disabled access to the altar; principally used by priests when celebrating Mass.
Knock became a renowned religious site following August 1879, when fifteen inhabitants of the village of Knock in County Mayo observed an apparition consisting of several religious figures within Catholicism; the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, a lamb and a cross. Knock Shrine has been visited by several Popes, including Pope John Paul II in 1979, as well as Mother Teresa in 1993.
The striking and contemporary-styled Basilica was completed in 1976 by parish priest of Knock Parish, Monsignor James Horan; helping to establish Knock as a major religious site within the Roman Catholic Church.
Now, almost forty years later, the Basilica is able to hold approximately 10,000 people at any time. Knock Basilica is visited by over a million pilgrims every year. Further construction and renovation is currently being undertaken in order to cope with the ever growing number of pilgrims seeking religious growth at Knock.
Steven Lyons, Managing Director of Sesame Access said ‘I am delighted that our Sesame wheelchair lift allows disabled people access to the altar of such an important shrine. It was an interesting innovation to make the Sesame steps curved to integrate into the Basilica’s curved steps, and I believe the finished look re-enforces Sesame’s position as pushing the boundaries of what’s possible re disabled access in historic buildings’.