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

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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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  • Amazing beautiful church, so glad we were able to visit, makes you feel really good after. Lots of history and amazing architecture  more »
  • Truly an amazing church to see in person. Absolutely amazing to look at inside and out. You will want to visit and you won't be sorry you did.  more »
  • This is a difficult site to review because how you view it will depend in important respects on who you are and why you are here. This is a more modern basilica on the grounds of Catholic University. ...  more »
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  • +JMJ For me, a premier house of worship and prayer! Was introduced to this, America's Church, when I was stationed in Norfolk VA, 1987-1989. A diocesan pilgrimage was scheduled and that was the commencement of my over two decade association with this visually and spiritually beautiful Church dedicated to the memory of the greatest disciple of Jesus Christ, God/Man: Mary, His Mother, whom many call, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traveled from Richmond, VA, almost monthly just to spend time in the solitude of the many side altars dedicated to the memory of Blessed Mother Mary as honored by many citizens world-wide throughout the history of mankind. The Basilica, formerly called the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, is not a parish Church, but many participate in Holy Mass scheduled daily through the week. I have attended many conferences here always coming away with the resolve to be more Christ-like during my earthly pilgrimage. The gift shop is a must visit for anyone desiring to financially support the Shrine and to take away a faith-related article: book, Rosary, Saints' lives depicted via DVD movies, paintings, and so on, to those who can't travel to the Shrine. The cafeteria serves reasonable priced breakfast and lunch foods and is a place where one can sit at leisure. The grounds of the Shrine are beautiful and very inviting to anyone seeking just to "take the air", walk around trying to identify the many Saints depicted in stone carvings on the exterior of the Shrine or to lounge around in the usually lush grass between the Shrine and the Catholic University. There is so much to see and so much to just be present to. Make a pilgrimage!
  • This is a great place to sit and be still. Mass daily in the crypt church and confessions every day. The web site has more information. The staff is super friendly and helpful and I really like the book store. Lots of titles that are good to see in person and skim (and decide to buy or not buy), rather than get online and then realize you don't like them. Love this place
  • A beautiful church, with fantastic side chapels. A great place to spend a few hours looking at the art, architecture and praying. Masses there are very efficiently run.
  • I was there briefly after our group attended March For Life. I was only able to view the Crypt Church, but it was beautiful! I hope to make it back there again some day and spend more time there. It's a wonderful place to visit!
  • Beautiful & amazing cathedral! I would think it would be in Europe by it's amazing style. Must see if you are in DC, even if you aren't Catholic.