Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore

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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Baltimore Basilica, was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States, and was among the first major religious buildings constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. As a co-cathedral, it is one of the seats of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally it is a parish church (ranked minor basilica) and national shrine. It is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture".HistoryThe Basilica was constructed between 1806 and 1821 to a design of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America's first professionally trained architect and Thomas Jefferson's Architect of the U.S. Capitol. It was built under the guidance of the first American bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, John Carroll. The Basilica was consecrated on May 31, 1821, by the third Archbishop of Baltimore, Ambrose Maréchal.
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  • The basilica was well worth our half hour visit, but it helps being a Catholic to understand its historical significance in the state founded by a Catholic gentleman. It also served as the center for ...  more »
  • Beautifully restored Greek Revival Roman Catholic Church, perched on a hill, surrounded by churches of other faiths, makes for an interesting day of touring. Be sure to look up at the stained glass do...  more »
  • If you happen to visit the city you should make it a point to visit this site. The church is truly a site to behold