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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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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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First, I'm Catholic so it was close to my heart. We got there just in time for a guided tour that was great. The gentleman is a member of the church and was extremely knowledgable... read more

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Fairmont, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First, I'm Catholic so it was close to my heart. We got there just in time for a guided tour that was great. The gentleman is a member of the church and was extremely knowledgable of the history and architecture. Popes have visited as was as saints. The history of the Basilica is very much the beginning of the Catholic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Being a Catholic, I like to stop and visit the local churches whenever I am on a trip, this Basilica blew me away, it's one of the best I've ever been to, the crypt is something else, do yourself a favor, take some time and visit next time you are in town.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Baltimore is my home and has many firsts. The Basilica is the 1st Roman Catholic Cathedral in America. It is historical, beautiful and Baltimoreans were so happy when Pope John Paull II visited this Basilica in 1995. A must see when visiting Baltimore.

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Parkville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It has been many years since I have been inside the Basilica but I remember it as very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Attended mass during Lithuanian Dance festival in Baltimore. Benches did not have much leg room but was enthralled by the altar and history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This basilica is the oldest cathederal in the USA. It is considered the mother church for the catholic church in the USA.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of signs explaining the significance of the major parts of this church. Interestingly, this Basilica does not have stained glass windows, and there is an interesting story behind that. If possible, connect with a volunteer guide; we did, and felt he had a wealth of information to share. Do not forget to visit the basement. Lots more... More 

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed our 1:00 tour of this beautiful historical basilica. There is a lot of Catholic history you will learn and why this unique architecture was chosen. It has seen a lot of famous people too such as Pope John Paul II and my personal favorite, Mother Teresa. Taking the tour allows you access to the small museum downstairs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Note, I deeply enjoy religious structures. Something about man's attempt to bridge the physical world with the spiritual. The Basilica is stunning structure and a marvel of beauty. Important note, make sure to look up.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is beautiful in its simplicity. It is a lesson on less is more and the 11.45 mass with its choir going at full strength is really beautiful.

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