Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville

#2 of 28 in Historic Sites in North Carolina Mountains
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Went to Mass on May 22, the first time the church was open to the general public since the Covid pandemic started. Friendly parishioners and easy Mass. Beautiful old church.  more »
  • What a beautiful and peaceful Basilica. I have been to several around the world and this one is unique in that the sanctuary is mostly rounded. Loved the Stain-glass windows and other ambience. Would love to come sometime for Mass. It was quiet and peaceful when I visited.
  • Picturesque and peaceful sanctuary. The architecture is amazing outside and inside. The story concerning the architect and the conditions of his build are quite interesting as well.

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