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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 153 attractions in Baltimore
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

As America's first Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica, in the heart of downtown is a jewel. It is worth spending the extra time on the tour given by volunteers. You sense the history of the early American Church in its architecture, lighting, statues and gorgeous paintings.Drop by at the gift shop adjacent, then walk across the street and visit the Enoch... More

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Galloway, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We've been through many churches and cathedrals. This one is worth the visit if you're nearby. No admission charge. Take 15 minutes and walk around.

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Edmundston, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We were quite impressed by the architecture and also by the sense of peacefulness inside. Beautiful.

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Arlington, Virginia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
79 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The Basilica is most notable for its significance in American Catholic history. It is the first cathedral in the United States. Several popes have visited here and multiple important synods were held here. As a church, though, it's not that extraordinary. It's not particularly old, large or ornate, there's not any impressive artwork by famous artists and nobody famous is... More

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Dallas, TX USA
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14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Started after the American Revolution, construction interrupted by the War of 1812, the Basilica was completely renovated in 2006. Go on a sunny day, the light and absence of stained glass windows result in a colorful and bright church with tons of American and Catholic history. Take the tour (11am and 1pm weekdays) to go behind the scenes and down... More

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Elkton, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

They offer a tour which is really interesting. The church is beautiful and easy to get to using the Charm City purple bus route.

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Rochester, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The building and artwork amazing. We did the self tour before the Parade Mass. It was spectacular with bagpipes and the KofC, with a wonderful Mass and choir music.

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Columbus, Georgia
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26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The Baltimore Basilica is abundant in history, regardless of your religion it is a must see! We attended mass there for Ash Wednesday and then took the tour of the Basilica. The guides are very knowledgeable and even if you are not a Catholic, you will appreciate the beauty and history the Basilica has to offer. A very peaceful place.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Had not been there in years and since it has been refurbished, it is beautiful. Would like to attend mass sometime.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The largest church in the Western Hemisphere and still under construction. Many great works of art and chapels to St. Mary.

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