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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
202 526 8300
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Ranked #15 of 486 things to do in Washington DC
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Fenton, Missouri
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4 reviews
“beautiful !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Enjoyed our visit and stayed for mass in the crypt chapel. Unable to take a tour due to schedule but will return for that next visit.

Visited February 2013
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Clarksville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic, gorgeous, Holy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I attended the National Respect Life Vigil Mass, WOW. 20,000 faith filled Catholics, 75% college students from all over the USA. Mass was at 6:30, we got there at 3:00 - no seats. We stood for 6 hours, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The responses were like a Tsunami rushing at the Celebrant. 600 seminarians, 400 priests, 30 Bishops, and five Cardinals. The procession to 47 minutes. Incredible.

Visited January 2013
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Sugar Land, TX USA (near Houston)
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Amazing! Largest church in USA & 10th largest in world. The one hour tour is fantastic but you should really plan 4 hours in your schedule to take in a mass & spend time viewing the 70 chapels in detail as they are beautiful.

A must see in DC!!

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Madison, Georgia
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“A Church Visit that should not be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I have traveled to Italy to see many beautiful Cathedrals as well as the Vatican and the Basilica rivals the European churches. We attended Mass and the music was beautiful and filled the church. The many tiny alters up and down the side isles of the church have the most beautiful mosaic artwork you will ever see in the United States. Even if you are not Catholic this church is a "must see" while visiting Washington DC. Parking is free too!

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San Diego, California
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“A must do if you Catholic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We attended Mass here during our trip and it was just amazing. Not the service necessarily, although it was good. The church though was grand. It has every single Mary I can think of in here and some. There was also a crypt underneath with a whole other church. This church was also beautiful to say the least.

Visited January 2013
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