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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 #11 of 133 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage, this religious landmark...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner 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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Columbia, MD
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We recently attended a Christmas concert at the Basilica, and it was a magnificent setting for a special event. The restoration has renewed it to its original simple elegance. The stained glass windows, which were installed later, have been removed and replaced with clear glass. The domed ceiling in pale yellow with trompe l'oeil coffers is spectacular in understated splendor.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Basilica, in Mt Vernon, near the Pratt Library and Walters Museum is a beautiful building. Stepping inside was a treat on a hot, busy day... it is a serene and lovely sanctuary.

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This has been recently restored- make sure you check the basement area- it is fascinating. The interior is beautiful with many interesting features. The docents are available to give information about the Church- from pointing out the 'slave galley' where slaves waited for their masters to attend Church, to the historic ambo, to the beautiful statues and mementos of St.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This Basilica has a lot of history and is in a very historic neighborhood. Right around the corner from the Basilica is George Washington's grave! The Basilica itself is of course not only significant if you are Roman Catholic but the interior is like being in a cathedral in Rome. So beautiful and peaceful.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It is a beautiful basilica. The outside, while impressive doesn't give you a hint about how majestic the inside is. If you do go on weekends, there are a lot of weddings. We didn't want to interrupt although that is allowed. We went through the gift shop which is a lovely in & of itself to catch a glimpse of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The most gorgeous architecture here and all over Baltimore. Definitely a must see about a 6 block walk from the inner harbor, but well worth it

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New Jersey
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a must see! The basilica is absolutely beautiful. I believe it is the first Catholic church built in the U.S. A lot of the church is original or refurbished to it's original state. The architecture is really worth seeing. It is a "working church", so there are regular masses held, however, you can also take a tour. You... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Wonderfully done renovation of America's First Cathedral! Dating from the early 1800's and recently returned to its original design. Educational tours are offered daily. The Church boasts many accolades, National Shrine, Marian Shrine and one of Baltimore's most historic National Landmarks. We recently attend a large gathering of Catholic organization there and were able to enjoy the amazing acoustical properties... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit. The interior is beautiful. Take a tour and find out the history and visit the basement crypt. A truly must see for all, not just catholics

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Went there on Sunday afternoon. A docent was extremely kind and gave me some written information about the Cathedral. Turns out the cathedral was renovated not too long ago. It is now light and airy. The walls were painted the original pale yellow and even the pews were designed to match the original. I was given a tour of the... More 

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