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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  • This cathedral is so beautiful. We were able to attend the Sunday 4:30 PM Mass and it was very impressive. The archbishop was very likable and down-to-earth. The choir didn't seem to large at all, but...  more »
  • This was just a quick stop for us because we got here a few minutes before they closed. This place looks gorgeous on the inside and the outside. We sat in the pews for a few minutes and got to admire ...  more »
  • This Neoclassical cathedral was the first Catholic cathedral in America to support the fledgling catholic community. The free tour offers lots of interesting information about the history of the churc...  more »