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!
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