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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  • We didn't get a chance to attend mass but went in for a visit to view the Basilica. It is absolutely beautiful!  more »
  • This church is beautiful inside and out. The architecture is astonishing. Step inside for an incredible interior. Easy access from downtown Asheville with plenty of local parking.  more »
  • We were short on time but we were told this was a must see. It was very peaceful and the detail in the glass and sanctuary was worth the extra effort it took to get there.  more »
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  • Beautiful basilica tucked into northeastern part of the city. Only wish that the surrounding infrastructure didn't infringe on it's space as much as it does, it takes away from the beauty and history of it. Make sure you go inside!
  • Truely a beautiful church! Tours are free and self guided. Not sure about the hours, but I know they're still open after 6pm on weekdays (we usually go to town after 6 for free parking).
  • We love to visit Ashville, and every time we do we love to attend mass on Sunday. we were at mass this past Sunday and i must say, we were most disappointed with the cheap vestments, the lack of great alter boys and in general we thought we must have attended something non-Catholic.
  • Best thing to in Asheville is to go to mass in this beautiful church. The pastor was excellent.
  • The building itself is gorgeous, and the masses are not too long, and the priest is very friendly.
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