Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville

Designed by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, Basilica of Saint Lawrence has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America, measuring 18 by 25 m (58 by 82 ft). Marvel at the saint statues from Italy and German stained-glass windows. In 1993, the site was granted the status of a Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II. The surrounding grounds feature a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary. See representations of Mary, Christ, and the apostles elaborately memorialized in stained glass. Visit two chapels with marble reliefs, mosaics, icons, and statues. If you'd like a guided tour, you must reserve your spot at least a week prior. You can schedule a 25-minute tour after mass on weekends, or opt for more in-depth weekday tours that last about 45 minutes. Self-guided tours are also an option--pick up a brochure inside the building. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Asheville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • I have seen many great churches in the east coast area, and I admit that this church truly caught my attention and admiration. An atmosphere of serenity and peacefulness are found throughout the area ...  more »
  • Very impressive architecture very near to center of downtown so take a look . We also attended Mass and felt very welcomed.  more »
  • Priest gave a great message, and his delivery kept the sermon interesting. The church itself was very beautiful. The congregation was not overly friendly, but I find that pretty normal in a Catholic c...  more »
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  • What a beautiful and peaceful Basilica. I have been to several around the world and this one is unique in that the sanctuary is mostly rounded. Loved the Stain-glass windows and other ambience. Would love to come sometime for Mass. It was quiet and peaceful when I visited.
  • Picturesque and peaceful sanctuary. The architecture is amazing outside and inside. The story concerning the architect and the conditions of his build are quite interesting as well.
  • The outside doesn't do the impressive interior justice. Go on the self guided tour for information about the amazing architecture and stop for a prayer or meditation. Absolutely beautiful building, thank you for allowing the public to view.
  • The Basilica is definitely in need of repair. The stained glass windows and murals are beautiful though. I'm sure there is a lot that needs to be done to fix this beautiful historic building. I really enjoyed going to mass here as well. If you're Catholic and from out of town visiting on a Sunday, make a stop for mass and enjoy the free tour afterward.
  • Absolutely beautiful. All of my favorite trips to Asheville included a visit to Saint Lawrence during their visiting/service hours and allowing the size and beauty of that haven to harbor the deepest sense of reverence for those forces which are infinitely beyond ourselves.
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