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Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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. Put Basilica of Saint Lawrence on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Asheville vacation route planner.
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  • This basilica reminds me of the magnificent churches in Europe. The dome is spectacular as are the stained glass windows. We were able to park at the Asheville visitors center, just a short walk to St...  read more »
  • This basilica, built entirely of bricks and tiles, is unusual and a pleasant surprise. Located in the heart of Asheville, it should be seen by anyone who is interested in church architecture. 
  • Magnificent Church architecture located in Downtown Asheville was awe inspiring. The Stain glass windows tell the many biblical stories of Christ are beautiful. A peaceful and reverent visit was a res...  read more »
  • My best friend was married here last June. It was the most beautiful wedding I've been to, and the church resonated beautiful when the organist played her songs. Gorgeous!
  • Beautiful architecture. Ornate and detailed interior. A must see.
  • Beautiful architecture and restful place. While my wife and I are not believers, this was an amazing place to visit and get awed by. It's small, so don't expect to spend too much time if you're not interested in talking to your imaginary friend...
  • Beautiful building, love walking past it on trips to Asheville.
  • Beautiful church located in downtown Asheville. Easily seen from a distance with it's red color, it makes a good landmark while you explore downtown. Well worth the walk over to look around!
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