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“Great Building and Catholic Heritage”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ranked #11 of 233 things to do in Baltimore
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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.
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great Building and Catholic Heritage”
Reviewed July 12, 2011

Vistied while in town for a ballgame. Church is located 3/4 mile north of Camden Yard. We took the light rail with a stop a couple of blocks away. Also served by the Charm City circulator. We attended mass with our three kids 8, 11, and 13. While we did not have time to take a guided tour the church was beautiful inside and out. Kids enjoyed seeing the church and parish members and clergy were friendly. Kids plan to proudly tell their classmates they have visited the "oldest cathedral in America".

Note that the Cathedral is not in a primary tourist area like the Inner Harbor so there are some homeless located in the surrounding blocks but nobody bothered us. Well worth a trip if you have the time.

Visited June 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Must see for Catholics, = architecture/engineering feat”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

This beautiful old church celebrated its 200 year anniversary in 2006, opening after being closed for 2 years for major restoration. This massive church is an engineering wonder of beautiful architecture, the basement has a chapel, & crypt, galleries of the history of the Cathedral and of early missionary groups in America. And yes, this is the origin of the Baltimore Catechism. You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate this church, but Catholics will linger longer in the galleries.

Visited June 2011
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Florida
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful - peaceful visit”
Reviewed June 8, 2011

Unfortunately we did not have the time to take the guided tour which was disappointing. We did meet someone there who gave us a brief overview of the history - fascinating. Be sure to check the tour schedule & plan to take one to appeciate this gorgeous landmark. We plan to be back.

Visited June 2011
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Gilford, NH
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“The renovation is spectaculiar”
Reviewed April 30, 2011

I last visited the Basilica in the mid 1990's and wanted my wife to see this national shrine. What a pleasant surprise to see the Basilica had been renovated to match the way it looked when it was first built. The Basilica has gone from a dark dreary cathedral to a bright and beautiful church.

Take the time to get a guided tour of this beautiful church! Our guide was knowledgeable and told us about the history of the Catholic Church in the colonies and how Maryland was part of that story.

Visited April 2011
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Reston, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“America's First Cathedral”
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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