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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
202 526 8300
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Ranked #2 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: The National Shrine is a favorite spot to visit in DC. The awesome "Christ in Majesty" mosaic on the inside dome alone makes it worth a visit. The... more »
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New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Even if you are not Catholic, this place is a must see. The mosaics are stunning, to say the least. Be sure to take a free guided tour to learn about the history of the church. If you are Catholic, try to attend Mass in the Crypt Chapel. It is not part of the tour; but definitely worth seeing. I... More

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Hillsboro, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to go and see it is very interesting and the tour guide is very noligiable whith where she worked yu could ask questions

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Statesville, North Carolina
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

A $12 cab ride or 15 minutes on the Metro(Brookland stop- Red line) will get you there. Incredible mosaics to be seen here in over 60 chapels as well as the main sanctuary. Be sure to take a free guided tour to learn about the history of what you are seeing.

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nola
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34 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

even though catholic university is on a metro line, with its own stop, not too many people ever go out to the immaculate conception. its worht the trip. it is one of the largest churches in the world. and even though its only a few decades old - and perhaps, a little too modern for my tastes, it is still... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

This shrine was one of the most beautiful places I have been. The intricate mosaic work throughout is astonishing.

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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

So... What's the difference between a Cathedral and a Basilica? The Cardinal's throne. That said, this Basilica outshines the National Cathedral even though the NC is better known, better visited, better considered and better used. The artwork, the relics, the sheer magnificence is stunning. The murals would take hours on end to get through. The stonework and gilding would take... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

To be honest, I didn't even know this place existed until a few years ago. In fact, that's one of my favorite things about it...it's not as well known as the National Cathedral, but well-worth a trip if you enjoy visiting religious -- specifically Catholic -- sites. That said, I wasn't that impressed. I've been here now a few times... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Basilica of the National Shrine provides all an experience to worship in a beautiful Cathedral rich in Catholic Tradition, as well as American heritage too. The property is located on Catholic University Campus, and has Chapel, and Cathedral which offer daily mass, and Sunday worship with full music programs to enjoy. The Clergy assigned to the Cathedral provide thoughtful... More

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Texas
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Thank you to the TripAdvisor community for directing us to visit here. An easy ride on the Metro and then a short walk to the type of cathedral that I thought only existed in Europe. They give tours every hour and our guide, Scott Watts did all he could to give us the highlights in an hour. You could spend... More

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Valrico, Florida
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24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We went here since it was so highly recommended on trip advisor and WOW! Getting there was very easy, we took the metro. It was so beautiful. Churches this spectacular are hard to come by in the states. I would highly recommend seeing this if you are in the area.

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