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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  • The church which is connected to the Catholic University has some lovely sculptures and paintings. The church invokes a sense of meditation and prayer 
  • A most moving experience to celebrate Mass in this shrine. Two levels honoring the various appearances of the Mother of God help even a non-Catholic understand the profoundly felt love of a person who...  more »
  • This is an impressive building both inside and out. It takes a while to explore all of the small chapels. And, the stained glass windows are amazing. There was construction occurring while we were the...  more »
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  • It's never enough for your needs of learning, discovering, living at peace, and so on if you can be here only one time...
  • Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The crypt was overwhelmingly detailed and felt so peaceful.
  • 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.
  • God draws our souls with beauty, virtue, grace, knowledge, and forgiveness. You can get all of this here, and a great breakfast or lunch!
  • Definitely worth a visit. Beautiful side chapels and main Church, as well as lower level crypt, gift shop, and cafeteria. Confessions are available multiple times.