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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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Washington, DC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My children have participated in a mass here for a few years now, and I still always stand in awe every time I enter. It is simply beautiful. They offer a wonderful tour where you can learn so much about the church- it is definitely worth checking out even if you aren't Catholic.

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CARMEL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is peaceful, elaborate and amazing inside. There are multiple beautiful mosaics, sculptures and marble inside- well worth a trip. Easy access from brookland- cua redline metro.

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Midland City, United States
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21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Everyone should go there, but if you enjoy & appreciate architecture you should certainly visit the basilica & it is free. They have tours that are very informative & then one can spend more time at their leisure after the tour to take photographs & analyze everything further. I could have spent the whole day there, but my wife would... More

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Chesapeake,VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The mosaics are beautiful. Try to take a tour, it provides a lot of information that would be missed with just walking through

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is an amazing place to tour if you are in the DC area, The beauty and history of 100's of years is absolutely amazing!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is the largest church in America, and one of the few American churches that really rivals the great European cathedrals in its size and splendor. The Byzantine/Romanesque style with its massive pillars, round arches and mosaics is an interesting contrast to the National Cathedral's Gothic design with stained-glass windows. The upper level is the main church, and is... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Just the sheer size of this Basillica will impress. It is absolutely beautiful. Don't miss touring the lower level as well. There is a crypt chapel that is impressive as well. Allow yourself at least 90 minutes and if you can go when tours are available, I highly recommend taking one. Our guide pointed out many things I wouldn't have... More

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Campbell Hall, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

What a truly beautiful experience to see such architecture in the US. The tile work is so striking. There is not one inch of the basilica that is not covered with tile, wood, or beautiful art work. It was truly a moving experience for all faiths.

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Canyon Lake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Our visit to this Church was the highlight of a DC and NYC trip. If you are into architecture and art you will love this. We spent about 2 hours walking around and it was amazing the entire time. We didn't want to miss anything. You do not have to be Catholic to enjoy this church. The craftsmanship was top... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

What a surprise! The docents are wonderful. You'll learn of the building of the Shrine and see fabulous pieces of art. Plenty of parking. Eat in the cafeteria. Near Botanical Garden...also nice. And near Lincoln's Summer Home.

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