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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  • First Cathedral in the USA consecrated in 1821. Ash Wednesday morning service was very nice. Beautiful building and different from the dark churches of Europe. Very light and white walls.  more »
  • Built between 1806 and 1821, this is the nation's oldest cathedral. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. It's considered by experts to be one of ...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful...We will have to return! My hubby wanted to visit as part of our exploration of Baltimore, and we were so glad we had the opportunity! One of the wonderful aspects of our visit w...  more »