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“Impressive by American standards”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ranked #8 of 226 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.
rural hinterland
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“Impressive by American standards”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

As a German, I have seen the Koelner Dom, the Naumburger Dom, the Wartburg, Luther's House and many other churches in areas I used to live. In almost every place you will find a church from the 14th century (that is thirteen hundreds for Americans). Any church younger than 500 years is not old in my perception.

OK, so with this in mind, we have visited this relatively new (1821) Basilica. It is definitely nice and the guided tour is interesting indeed! But it is by no meens historic or even old. There are even statues of contemporary humans like Karol Woytila and Mother Theresa!

The former pope from Poland is perceived like a popstar among catholic Americans, so I understand they made him a statue, especially after he had visited this very place. (OK, where did he not visit, that would be a harder question)

My husband is a catholic, and we were in Baltimore and didn't have enough time left to visit the museum ships on that day. So I thought we'd go here, and I am glad we did.

We followed a guided tour and were explained all the statues, paintings and architecture there and who built what and when etc. We went downstairs into the Krypta and saw more statues there. As the guide explained, that had been dug out subsequently, long after the church was built up. But still beautiful and interesting!

Since this visit is free (they are expecting a donation, though, but 2 $ will do), I would absolutely recommend this Basilica for a visit. There are several guided tours, we took the one at 1 pm. Look on their website for more details!

Visited February 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Such a lovely and sacred place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

YOU MUST TAKE THE TOUR...some of the docents are a hoot and so enhance the whole experience

Visited September 2011
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Ms Gulfcoast
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“Magnificent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

Went to mass here and felt like I was in a church in Europe. Also took a guided tour after and learned many interesting things about this great old building.

Visited February 2012
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Floral Park, New York
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“Very Peaceful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

Absolutely beautiful. Very easy to get to and well worth the trip!

Visited February 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Catholic History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2012

The oldest Basilica in America? Driving west bound down Orleans street (40W), one can spy the dome which reminded me of of Batman's hood in Batman returns. This was when the brass dome was still a bit tarnish before the renovation. Now, is like a beacon in th distant that harkins one to come and worship.

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