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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
+1 202-526-8300
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Way better than the Washington National Cathedral

This is one of the hidden gems of DC. It is one of the top basilicas in the entire world. After... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2016
Tiffany P
I almost don't have words

This place is so breath-taking. Top five best architectural artworks in the US in my book. The... read more

Reviewed March 7, 2016
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400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
+1 202-526-8300
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Reviewed March 9, 2016

This is one of the hidden gems of DC. It is one of the top basilicas in the entire world. After living in DC for years I would rate this as one of the top 3 things in DC to see. (And I'm not Catholic.)

2  Thank Tiffany P
Reviewed March 7, 2016

This place is so breath-taking. Top five best architectural artworks in the US in my book. The grand arch ways and the enormous and decorated ceilings were truly a sight to see.

1  Thank AshTravels1968
Reviewed March 7, 2016

The Basillica is magnificent. It has many chapels appealing to the diverse ethnic make up of DC and the US at large.Space for quiet prayer and reflection. Upper and Lower Church areas, bookstore, giftshop and cafeteria. Just across the street from the St. John Paul...More

1  Thank DYardMan
Reviewed March 6, 2016

We visited with a church group, though we did bring our four young children in tow. I don't think any review can really do the shrine justice. The details of the church, the windows, are all beautiful. The grounds are beautiful and there are many...More

2  Thank hAnMeE
Reviewed March 5, 2016

Whenever I'm in DC one of my favorite places to visit is the Basilica. I love all the mosaics and little chapels and find spiritual renewal in just roaming the grounds. One does not have to be a Catholic or religious to enjoy the museum...More

3  Thank JudyTroy_NY
Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Hop the red line to the Brookline stop. Stroll about 10 minutes through the beautiful campus of Catholic University and you'll land at an oasis. We took the 30 minute tour of the basilica (free) and although we are not Catholic we throughly enjoyed every...More

2  Thank GoldenReTraveler
Reviewed February 27, 2016

So, it's in NE DC, which typically is not on the visitor and tourist route. But, actually, it isn't that difficult to get to - just a ways off of the Brookland CUA metro stop. You can easily walk there from the metro, or grab...More

1  Thank M S
Reviewed February 22, 2016

You don't have to be Roman Catholic to appreciate this Byzantine-Romanesque style basilica. The main hall of the church is indeed impressive. What I appreciate however, are the over 70 smaller chapels all around the church each dedicated to a different nation's manifestation of the...More

3  Thank CelticMarine
Reviewed February 22, 2016

I've been to many church's thur out Europe and this church has the beauty of them but has so much more. It is breath taking so clean (even though they are doing construction inside) peaceful and so very big. There are 2 floors make sure...More

2  Thank Kathi M
Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

My son goes to Catholic school and his religion teacher said he should visit for the architecture. She was right. It was stunning. Didn't get a chance to see alot of the inside as they were having mass. They have a cafeteria and gift shop...More

2  Thank phislamajama
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Response from Janira N | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is!!! I did it myself to get there. It is also beautiful because you need to enter the Catholic university to get there. It is a short walk really. I recommend it.
Barbara C
January 25, 2017|
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Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
SUNDAY 5:15 p.m. (Vigil) 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon (Choir) 1:30 p.m. (en español) 4:30 p.m. DAILY (MONDAY – SATURDAY) 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 5:15 p.m. HOLY DAYS OF... More
Beth N
December 16, 2016|
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Response from mcgon | Reviewed this property |
There are many areas as well as another floor in the Basilica. We had a tour while there was a high school graduation mass in the main church.