Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville

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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  • amazing / legit Basilica with stunning stained glass, paintings, mosaic and religious objects. definitely has a european feel as you rarely see this type of artistry in america. very impressive and hu...  more »
  • We arrived around 11:30a Wednesday and made sure we hung around for the Mass. We were touched by the experience as we were impressed with the Basilica. Our prayers for the continued presence and maint...  more »
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  • It's totally worth going into & experiencing the beautiful interior. There is a sweet smell of insects a feeling of awe and peacefulness that comes over you. I'm not sure if you enter it or if it enters you. Love.
  • Beautiful. Historic. Truly an architectural marvel. Not large, but the design details and craftsmanship are astounding. A revered place in Western North Carolina. Please visit, and please donate to the restoration fund - there is water damage occuring, if I remember correctly it will be a million dollar job to repair.

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