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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ranked #9 of 245 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.
Reviewed October 15, 2011

The basilica is beautiful. I loved the architecture and the quiet spirituality of the place. The crypt was worth visiting as well. Unfortunately, the neighborhood is a little scary. We had our toddler twins with us and it was unnerving. There are closed circuit cameras in the area, according to signs, for safety, but it makes you wonder why they are needed. We saw a man get tazed on the way back to the metro. If you drive and park close it would probably be better. It is worth a visit but we wished we had been forewarned about the neighborhood.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Anybody can enjoy this Basilica. Though we didn't take the tour, we went to mass at 11 with the choir, which was amazing and uplifting. The spectacular architecture outside and the inside of the church is amazing, the altar and especially the paintings are beautiful. As you can see in the photos, the murals on the ceilings are beautiful, especially the one of a dove and the one of the Assumption. If you're in the area, a quick stop inside is definitely needed. And, it's pretty cool to say you've been somewhere Pope John Paul II & Blessed Mother Teresa have been.

3  Thank WhalersTravel
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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.

1  Thank Lisa W
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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.

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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.

1  Thank Coco1231
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