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

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Address: 409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone Number: (410) 727-3565
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Description: A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage...
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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The Basilica is both Historic and Beautiful

It is steeped in the history of the Roman Catholic Church and the City of Baltimore. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the same brilliant architect, who designed our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It is steeped in the history of the Roman Catholic Church and the City of Baltimore. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the same brilliant architect, who designed our Nation's Capitol. Recently, the Basilica went through a very expensive renovation restoring it to its former glory. The Basilica is in one word - splendid!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I went late morning during the week, was able to find metered parking nearby. They have tours throughout the year led by volunteers that are very knowledgeable. The artistic features and historical evidence found inside the basilica is fascinating. I do warn that its a lot of information so for many with a limited time frame or not very interested... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I visit here every year when I return to Baltimore to visit family at Easter. The church is just absolutely beautiful since the renovations were completed! Frequently available confessions and daily Mass, with which the tours do not seem to interfere. I did the tour once; it was alright but you're better taking time to look around on your own... More 

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Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were here for a wedding! A serene beauty. Architectural artistry flows thru out the building. It has been lovingly maintained. We had family members who took the tour and were very impressed. We will definitely do the tour, if ever given the chance again

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Loved learning about the history of the first American cathedral. Great tour guide. The crypt was interesting as well as the renovations that were done to bring the church back to its original intended design.

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Ladysmith, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This was a lovely, historic church. There were staff onsite to give tours and answer questions. There is also a quiet spot to to pray or meditate.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

One of the most beautiful churches I have seen. I think that this is one of the place to visit to uncover some of Baltimore's history.

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The tour of the Basilica was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. We did 2 hour street parking and he was mindful of that so we could do the entire tour and not miss anything. The history of the Basilica was interesting as well as the works of art and artifacts. The tour was around 90 minutes and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Beautiful basilica with exciting cellars. Easy to pop in and very kind hosts who will show you around. I have seen alot of churches (Rome, Malta) but this a special one!

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a beautiful and serene space in the lovely Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Unfortunately, we arrived too late for a tour but will return for that on a subsequent trip. Be sure to visit the crypt on the lower level.

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