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Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville

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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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  • We attended the Saturday Evening Vigil Mass here, and it was quite lovely. They offer guided tours after Mass, and self-guided tours with brochures - recommended time for touring with a brochure is ab...  more »
  • The Basilica is open for visitors . Beautiful inside. To the Left of the Alter ( your left as face alter) is an alcove that contains the vault of the designer / architect . The door is on the left - h...  more »
  • I am not an architect but I do appreciate architecture. I first heard the name of the architect while touring the Biltmore. After reading a book on the Guavastino interlocking tiles, I was intrigued a...  more »
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  • Every year we go for a stunningly beautiful Christmas Eve Mass. Always standing room only with people of every walk of life. Love the worship!
  • The beautiful ceiling was done by the same man who installed the tile at the Biltmore.
  • Beautiful architecture and history. We received a personal tour after mass.
  • Very nice architecture. The dome on the inside is very impressive
  • If you want to experience European architechture and a little bit of Spain (Rafael Guastavino) just enter and be silent. I am not Roman Catholic, yet I have sought refuge and peace here for decades. Sometimes the fragrance of the incense lingers while you look at the stained glass and dome structure. This is a true oasis from the hyperbolic tourism madness that plagues most of downtown.