The Vietnamese Our Lady of La Vang. I was doing Google searches this morning to try and remember the names of some of them, and I discovered that there are beautiful mosaics on the walls of this chapel that I didn't even look at. I was so focused on getting a photo of the statue (which is amazing) that I didn't notice them. The good news is, two years from now I'll go with Curly on his retreat here, and hopefully I'll see them then, if not before.
Looking above the altar
The biggest and best mosaic in the basilica: "Christ in Majesty." A lot of people don't like this image because they feel that Jesus looks too stern, angry even. Our tour guide pointed out that this image of Christ as a strict judge is a traditional Byzantine depiction, and that when you look at the mosaic up close, his expression is more gentle and compassionate, especially when you look into His eyes. I like this photo so much that I made it my desktop background.
(I ran across this article about this very image today by one of my favorite converts to the Faith, Scott Hahn--he likes it! And today during his Homily, Father R. said this is a great way to picture Our Lord, especially today on the Feast of Christ the King.)
Pope Benedict sat in this chair when he said Mass in the Crypt church in 2008.
My photos of the crypt church where we had Mass came out a little blurry, but it was hard to find good ones online, believe it or not.