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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  • We happened to be in town for Palm Sunday. How awesome it was for the Bishops to say mass in this, America's 1st cathedral. There are tours for those who get into that, but just being one with the spi...  more »
  • Pope John Paul 2 II conducted the mass, Mother Teresa visited the United States's oldest Cathedral. Church of the prestigious career, and was playing a somber air. Internal viewing is free. The impressive hypogeum, altar and pipe organ. Cathedral there was a gift shop nearby.
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  • The Baltimore Basilica is a beautiful Catholic Basilica designed in an American style of architecture on its exterior. Guided tours are available to individuals and even large group (donations recomme...  more »