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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  • Even for non-catholic people an extraordinary visit of the largest / tallest church in the US. The current construction works show how much care is being committed to keep the awesome quality alive. W...  more »
  • In the top ten of huge churches around the world, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is certainly one of the most beautiful. the huge mosaics dominate the main church and there are equally beauti...  more »
  • We could appreciate the magnificence of the Basilica said Inmaculada Concepción, belongs to the Catholic creed. It is huge and has many chapels where mass is offered. The main nave has a very original style. Stripped with something similar to the Byzantine. It is immense and explore it spans several hours. It is surrounded by well kept parks
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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.