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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 #16 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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Lancaster, PA
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286 reviews 286 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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10 attraction reviews
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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
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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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30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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16 helpful votes 16 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a beautiful church. The guide was friendly and informative. Even our 2 young children enjoyed the tour.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This recommendation came from our breakfast waitress at The Four Seasons. I had asked her what she like doing/seeing in Baltimore that might be a bit out of the ordinary. "The Basilica" was her first choice. It was about a 30 minute walk from the hotel and well worth it. Regardless of your religious affiliation this is a must see.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Built by Benjamin Latrobe, it was certified as the first of its kind in the United States of America! A trend has began here . .

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Maryland
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56 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This isa place that you really need to visit once in your lifetime. It's very spiritual and beautiful to be in such a historic location. Give yourself time though as the lines get very long.

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