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“An underrated must-see.”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Ranked #13 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 7, 2012

The Basilica is the largest church in North America. It is awe-inspiring. The chapels on each side of the knave and downstairs are the church's most wonderful feature. They are dedicated to the worship of the Blessed Virgin in locations around the globe. My personal favorites are Our Lady of Africa and Our Lady of Poland. One need not be Catholic nor even Christian to appreciate this extraordinary church.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The National Shrine is huge. The main sanctuary can be a bit cold -- the chapels are more intimate and, to my mind, more interesting. A number are for nations of Eastern Europe, appropriate for the byzantine style. And the style of each reflects the culture of its home country. There is no mention, however, that these are Catholic Churches in which married priests can officiate. Finally, this is not, as several reviewers have said, a cathedral. That honor belongs to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle downtown, on Rhode Island Avenue near Connecticut, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. A visit to the National Shrine can be combined with the Franciscan Monastery, not far away.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

It was easy to get to, walking distance from the Metro. We went to mass and then stayed to take some awesome pics. They have many small chapels dedicated to Mother Mary and downstairs holds crypts and more chapels.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Loved the interior, the decor inside was incredible, well worth a trip to go and see, very easy to get to on the Metro.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

It is a European Cathedral in DC. A visit, with docents, is great and we worshio there every month. YOu need to visit the ground floor to appreciate the effort that has gone into it.

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