Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore
(4.6/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This Basilica is pristine and so well cared-for. It contains incredible artwork and artifacts. The gift shop was very nice as well. 
  • This church has been refurbished more than one time, however it was recently refurbished in an out right overhaul. There were volunteers working and they were willing to answer our questions. They did...  more »
  • Also called Baltimore Basilica. Managed to get there in time to catch the 5pm mass service. Magnificent altar and architecture. Make sure to visit the crypts below. Check out the Blessed Sacrament and...  more »