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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
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.
Reston, Virginia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“America's First Cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

In addition to being a Minor Basilica, this church is also a National Shrine, Marian Shrine, National Historic Landmark, and Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. We visited this place on a labor day weekend (a Monday). Unfortunately for us, there was a service going on and there were no tours being offered at that time. We roamed around the church, even went inside it for few minutes. Its absolutely stunning from inside. I would suggest people to schedule their visit so that they are able to get a free tour.

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Central FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

Free, and tours provided. I consider myself lucky to get a guide who was a former history teacher. He accommodated our interests and time constraints upfront. Even without the guide many of the displays were well described on wall plaques. The guide added much to the experience, going into detail of the history, architecture, and matching them with the time periods historically. The crypt below was especially interesting. Ended up spending 90 mins, and could have spent more with the guide if I had the time.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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“A Must See when visiting Baltimore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

Be sure to take the guided tour and then wander around yourself. Our guide knows the history from long ago. Don't miss the underground area that shows the restoration.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“The first basilica in the U.S.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

This is a beautiful catholic church that has just undergone extensive cleaning and restoration. They discovered some gorgeous frescoes depicting Matthew, Luke, Mark and John during the restoration and have uncovered them. There are very helpful guides that will take you through the basilica and catacombs, free of charge, but donations appreciated. We were short on time, so we were unable to take advantage of this and I can't speak to the quality of the tours. But we did speak briefly to one of the guides and he was informative about the time when it was built. Because the first and many more bishops after were (um confirmed??) here, they have a plaque on the wall and are referred to as The Sea of Catholicism. They also had a vestment display downstairs that showed the vestments of several bishops and cardinals through the ages, which was interesting. There is a gift store next door that sells the saints medals, rosaries, postcards, and many other catholic gifts. This is a functioning basilica, supported by about 400 households, and regularly offers mass.

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San Antonio, Texas
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Basilica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

Wandered in here on a Tuesday afternoon. No one else except the organist. Regardless of your religion, the Basilica has beautiful art and architecture. It was very moving just to stand and soak up the history and detail of the building.

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