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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 #3 of 249 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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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I'm not sure what is the ecclesiastical difference between a basilica and a cathedral, but this beautiful building rivals any of the great cathedrals we have seen around the world. With such a variety of styles throughout the various side chapels, some will be more to an individual's taste than others, but the overall impression is one of grandeur. Attending... More

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Monroe, New York
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

So many side alcoves, all with stunning statues of the Blessed Mother. Architecture is beautiful. This is the largest Basilica in the USA

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Acoustics, music, homily, Mass service overall.4:30 pm Mass for travelers. A landmark structure, rivals Europe's best

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful church and also, a sign of the Universal Church through its many chapel, each one reflecting a particular ethnic group in America. In addition to the scheduled masses, there are also pilgrimages, concerts, tours of the Church. There are many opportunities for personal prayer as well and for several hours of confessions daily.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A triumph of Byzantine/Romanesque Revival architecture the Basilica contrasts sharply with the Gothic majesty of the National Cathedral and is equally impressive. For some the interior may be overly fussy and ornate but give it a try. To have one great seat of worship is to Washington's credit, but to have two... It takes a little effort to get there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

really beautiful, be sure to go on one of the guided tours on the upper level. not a quick trip there, or to see all of the basilica, so don't think you'll be in and out in 30 minutes. train ride over was part of the fun as well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It's amazing how many different styles are packed into this shrine. Many states and organizations from around the world have their own chapels, each unique. Much more than I expected. Moving and interesting whether you're Catholic or not.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My family and I loved our visit to the Shrine. We were very moved by our experience here. The art is breathtaking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We attended mass here followed by a choir concert at the crypt. The upper Church was magnificent and serene. A feast for the eyes. The mosaics were works of art. The crypt below also had excellent craftsmanship.The acoustics were so good you felt that you were at a concert hall when we heard the choir singers perform. A must see... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful church with wonderful mosaics and side chapels. You must visit the crypt chapel. It is a beautiful, peaceful chapel in the lower level of the church.

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