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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ranked #9 of 229 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.
Hampstead
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240 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Take a Tour”
Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Tours are typically at 10, 11 and 1 with a suggested donation of $2pp. The tour made us appreciate its beauty, design and importance even more.

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Hawaii
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61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“An architectural eyeful”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

This site is worth a visit to just view the interior of a Roman-type basilica as a Catholic church. Advertised as "America's First Cathedral," the high, vaulted ceilings, dome, and ornate sanctuary is a visual treat. In the lower levels, there is the crypt which where many of the Archbishops of Baltimore are laid to rest.
Pope John Paul II visited the basilica and there is a beautiful prayer garden bearing his name nearby.
You can do a self-guided tour or with a guide (donations are accepted).

Visited July 2014
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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109 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A beautiful, spiritual experience.”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

The shrine is a beautiful piece of artwork unto itself. It is truly worth exploring every inch of this place, as each area is different. The gift shop has religious gifts that are very unique and hard to find. Quite a gem!

Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a beautiful church. The guide was friendly and informative. Even our 2 young children enjoyed the tour.

Visited July 2014
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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very Spiritual”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

This recommendation came from our breakfast waitress at The Four Seasons. I had asked her what she like doing/seeing in Baltimore that might be a bit out of the ordinary. "The Basilica" was her first choice. It was about a 30 minute walk from the hotel and well worth it. Regardless of your religious affiliation this is a must see. I was raised a Catholic so I might be somewhat biased but the cathedral is absolutely magnificent. Historically, it was the first metropolitan cathedral constructed after the adoption of The Constitution. You can get a tour or you can do a tour by yourself. My time was limited so I went by myself. Very easy, very self explanatory although when I go again I will take an official tour as I am sure that the guides can offer something extra.

Visited July 2014
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