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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Downtown)
(410) 727-3565
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Ranked #15 of 157 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage, this religious landmark is known for its history, architecture and art.
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Westbrook, Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A lovely stroll up the hill in Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore brings you to this beautiful Shrine. As you enter, the quiet surrounds you. Be sure to look up to see the painted dome and take time to reflect where you are. There are candles that you can light, or just sit and take it in. Make sure to... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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190 reviews 190 reviews
158 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

America's first cathedral, a very light and beautiful basilica. Lots of paintings on the walls and roof. The basilica is very white (walls, pillars, benches etc), both inside and outside. There is a guide you can do, which I didn't. Don't miss to go down the steps and visit the catacombs. One of the co-workers told me alot of interesting... More

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Ridgefield, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Went to Sunday mass while visiting. Located in mount Vernon area of city - not far from inner harbor hotels. Beautiful church with interesting catacombs located in basement. Short walk from "Walters museum" and "Peabody institute" - great historical baltimore attractions.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

When we went to the Basicila, they were right in the middle of remodeling which was a bummer. However it didnt spoil the tour which is a must do.

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Lancaster, PA
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293 reviews 293 reviews
74 attraction reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Sunday we attended Mass here for the first time. Wow what a beautifully restored Church and crypt. Should be a must see in Baltimore....especially for the Catholic faithful! Free parking in Franklin St garage until noon.

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Dayton, Ohio
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Unbelievable beauty! Not a scary structure as some can be. This is a bright and light church. There are flowers on the ceiling and a beautiful dome in the center. Although it has the making of a grand cathedral, it is unlike many I've seen before. It is airy and joyful and serene. The Altars are beautiful and the aisles... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Interior of church is gorgeous. Self guided tour brochure available at entrance. Scheduled guided tours available M-F. Pope John Paul II memorial garden is lovely.

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Hampstead
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37 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Tours are typically at 10, 11 and 1 with a suggested donation of $2pp. The tour made us appreciate its beauty, design and importance even more.

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Hawaii
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This site is worth a visit to just view the interior of a Roman-type basilica as a Catholic church. Advertised as "America's First Cathedral," the high, vaulted ceilings, dome, and ornate sanctuary is a visual treat. In the lower levels, there is the crypt which where many of the Archbishops of Baltimore are laid to rest. Pope John Paul II... More

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Burlington, North Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The shrine is a beautiful piece of artwork unto itself. It is truly worth exploring every inch of this place, as each area is different. The gift shop has religious gifts that are very unique and hard to find. Quite a gem!

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