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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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incredible catholic church

on campus at catholic university. this university is in a pretty rough neighborhood so i'd advise... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2015
High Point, North Carolina
Best Kept Secret in DC

Designated as a Basilica by the Vatican, this is the "national" Catholic Church. One of the... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
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Reviewed June 15, 2015

on campus at catholic university. this university is in a pretty rough neighborhood so i'd advise taxi in and out, don't wander around. but this is a destination catholic church and i'd recommend spending time in the crypt church at basement level, a tour, and...More

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Reviewed June 15, 2015

Designated as a Basilica by the Vatican, this is the "national" Catholic Church. One of the largest in the world, this amazing architectural feat is packed full of amazing mosaics, sculptures, and artistic beauty. Whether you're a practicing Catholic or a tourist, visiting this Shrine...More

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Reviewed June 14, 2015

The building is absolutely gorgeous. What really helped was the docent tour. She was able to explain so well what we were seeing, why it had been designed that way, what the faith and Bible was behind it.

1  Thank cindylikes2travel
Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

I recently took in this marvel of the world. It is the biggest church in North America. Highlights for me included: 1. The Awe of walking in. It took my breathe away. Similar to seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Large and Beautiful....More

2  Thank Chad O
Reviewed June 11, 2015

We visited the National Shrine on a hot and sunny day. It was gorgeous from the outside as is the campus of the Catholic University of America on which it is located. Gorgeous and impressive. Stunningly impressive, really. The inside is as beautiful as Notre...More

1  Thank Nigerdave
Reviewed June 11, 2015

Many mosaics, many mini chapels. Very interesting visit. I attended also mass and the organs are wonderful.

1  Thank corelus
Reviewed June 11, 2015

Breath-takingly beautiful. I wish I could worship here every Sunday! A place of reverence and respect, please.

Thank Mary S
Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Must visit for all Catholics, the abundant art work is simply splendid and beautiful. The architecture is of Roman-Byzantine

Thank Simon Y
Reviewed June 9, 2015

This basilica moved us to tears. It is simply amazing. I loved the people too. I made several purchases at the gift store.

Thank flt587
Reviewed June 8, 2015

It was just beautiful. The tour was informative but the church was magnificant. The gift shop was resonable

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Barbara C
What times are Masses?
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
Is it okay for tourists to walk around during mass?
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.
Is there a good place for lunch or brunch nearby? Would like to do lunch after mass on Sunday. Thx.
October 15, 2016|
Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for your question. Yes, there are several restaurants within a mile of the Shrine, though you'll have to check the hours for each restaurant. Some of the ones that I know off the top of my head include: Busboys and... More