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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Address: 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
Phone Number: 202 526 8300
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My husband and I are spiritual people but not the church going type. We went to the Basilica because of the Papal history and were moved beyond words. Never have we experienced... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and I are spiritual people but not the church going type. We went to the Basilica because of the Papal history and were moved beyond words. Never have we experienced anything like it before. Beautiful does not begin to describe the Basilica. All we can say is it is a MUST for all, religious or not.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

So being Catholic, I planned to visit the Basilica regardless but thought it would be cool for Sunday mass. It's weird to call it an attraction since it was on Sunday but I can't recommend this place enough. Everything in there was so ornate and beautiful, everyone, not only Catholics should see it! The architecture, paintings, atmosphere and reverence were... More 

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Mason, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you are in Washington DC over a weekend, are Catholic, and would like to attend Mass, then I would absolutely recommend that you go. We attended with our school group, and I'm glad we did. That said, it's just not my thing I guess. The artwork felt very late 60's Godspell-esque... cartoonish and oddly proportioned. The architecture was fascinating... More 

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I like to visit when possible. I really like to go on August 15th when I can make the drive into town. One visit, I thought that I saw some empty pews....however to my surprise....it was full of the Nuns from Mother Teresa's order. Not a single one of these little Saints were over 5 feet tall!!

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Doral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This Basilica brings peace to one's heart. It is a beauty to see so many virgens of all over the world. A place to reflect and enjoy the beauty of God.

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Even though we were staying downtown, my son and I planned to visit the Basilica when we were putting together our trip. This was not to be missed. We only had an hour to visit and it wasn't enough. We did spend a little time in adoration in the Crypt Church before resuming our tour. There is no Catholic Church... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Visited the Basilica recently for the first time in nearly 50 years despite being in my hometown. My wife and I enjoyed it so much we returned a month later with friends. It's mostly a one-hour self tour through the church. Every corner has a story. Every inch has artwork as you journey along being amazed at every turn of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What a joy to be able to attend services here. The art work is beautiful and the entire shrine feels sacred.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful cathedral. The mosaics and the scale of this building reminds me of European cathedrals.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What a magnificent basilica - dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary. The basilica immediately reminds you of the great basilicas of Europe, although it is fairly modern in comparison. There are side altars throughout the basilica each highlighting a different nationality of the world and the manner in which they honor Mary. The crypt church below is beautiful - make... More 

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