Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville

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Designed by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, Basilica of Saint Lawrence has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America, measuring 18 by 25 m (58 by 82 ft). Marvel at the saint statues from Italy and German stained-glass windows. In 1993, the site was granted the status of a Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II. The surrounding grounds feature a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary. See representations of Mary, Christ, and the apostles elaborately memorialized in stained glass. Visit two chapels with marble reliefs, mosaics, icons, and statues. If you'd like a guided tour, you must reserve your spot at least a week prior. You can schedule a 25-minute tour after mass on weekends, or opt for more in-depth weekday tours that last about 45 minutes. Self-guided tours are also an option--pick up a brochure inside the building. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Asheville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • This church is unique in the US as well as the world for it’s unsupported elliptical ceiling. It has a connection with the craftsmen of the Baltimore estate. Beautiful and quiet, it is must stop on....  more
    This church is unique in the US as well as the world for it’s unsupported elliptical ceiling. It has a connection with the craftsmen of the Baltimore estate. Beautiful and quiet, it is must stop on....  more »
  • wish we could have been there for mass. We got to walk around and take beautiful pictures. It has a great collection of saints. There is a lot of history in this church. So glad we got to visit. 
    wish we could have been there for mass. We got to walk around and take beautiful pictures. It has a great collection of saints. There is a lot of history in this church. So glad we got to visit.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. Very simple self guided tour. Glad I didn't miss this special piece of Asheville history.
  • Most unusual oval dome I've ever seen! The herringbone pattern of brick design is truly beautiful.

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