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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

You absolutely must stop by for mass and tour the basilica, Catholic or not. By far the most amazing church I have ever seen! Very nice and helpful staff and awesome gift shop! Leave yourself plenty of time to walk around and see all of the amazing chapels!

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Absolutely gorgeous church! After mass, my family and I spent a couple hours looking around and enjoying its beauty.

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Our family attended Easter Mass their which was nice. Especially loved the Bach prelude organ music! What a throwback. Even had a Newt Gingrich sighting in front ! Even though it was packed they did a good job with the sound and communion. Need more ushers though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Our family put the Basilica on our list of to dos for our last visit to DC in August 2013. Our son was also interested in visiting Catholic University. The Basilica is beautiful. It teems with history, side chapels and secret alcoves that make a great a traditional church. It is also wonderfully Catholic and welcoming. Downstairs you will find... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The basilica is stunning!! You can see the amazing mosaic work of art representing the Virgin Mary of many different countries. The work you see there is unbelievable... It is a great place to visit no matter your religious beliefs.. This place is beautiful!!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I went to school at CUA and kind of ignored the Shrine b/c I knew I could always visit whenever I wanted. But I never did until I had to drop off a friend there and I decided to visit after 10 years. Wow! I forgot about the beauty of the mosaics and frescos. The mosaics alone are worth the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Loaded with art, treasures, and history, any Catholic must see this most impressive church. By all means take a guided tour, as this is the best way to fully appreciate all that the shrine has to offer.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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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