Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
The largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and the eighth largest church building in the world, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception houses over 70 chapels and oratories. Over a million pilgrims travel to this large Neo-Byzantine building every year to admire its dome filled with mosaics. Colored marble shrines and altars throughout pay homage to saints. The baldacchino altar takes particular prominence under a green mosaic dome. Be sure to view the statuary depicting the pope and Pope Benedict XVI's gift of a golden rose displayed in the chapel. Six masses are held daily. To visit Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC travel itinerary maker.
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  • Beauty inside and out. So much to see. Went on a Wednesday and appeared to have masses about every hour. I felt that we could walk through the church with respectfulness and enjoy the shrines. Definit...  read more »
  • We visited this place (two ladies 40 yrs⬆️ and a 7th grader) this place was amazing! Warning: we walked there from The closest subway stop and it was quite a hall. There is a little bus/trolley we cou...  read more »
  • for my tribute to bad taste, now that if made a lot of money, there are no words to describe it
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  • This Shrine is definitely a sight worth seeing. Pictures simply do not capture the vest size and majesty that is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There is also a gift shop and cafe for tourists.
  • Very large basilica with nice paintings and mosaics, but I wouldn't say the quality is on par with Europe. It just lacks the same feeling of being super old (probably because it's not), and comes across as more of a copy than something original. The "crypt" especially leaves something to be desired...
  • My favorite Jesus is the angry looking firey headed one that lives behind the altar here, so ridiculously absurd. That being said, this is a beautiful place to visit, lots of cool religious artwork and sculptures, as well as fantastic architecture throughout. Worth a visit no matter where you fall on the religious spectrum.
  • The largest Catholic Church in North America. A magnificent beauty of Byzantine architecture dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Any visit to DC commands a visit to the National Shrine, regardless of one's religions affiliation or not. Easily able to pass several hours inside admiring all the ornate shrines, domes, and many fine works of art. Attending Mass here on a high holy day is truly an wonderful experience to be had.
  • this is the best place I don't know anyone who does not like this place it is so pretty great technice . it has two gift shops which I always buy something but the food they may sell might be over priced but its tasty its really big but i heard the basilica of saint peter is bigger but this is pretty soooo pretty just like it is.
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