Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

The largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and the eighth largest church building in the world, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception houses over 70 chapels and oratories. Over a million pilgrims travel to this large Neo-Byzantine building every year to admire its dome filled with mosaics. Colored marble shrines and altars throughout pay homage to saints. The baldacchino altar takes particular prominence under a green mosaic dome. Be sure to view the statuary depicting the pope and Pope Benedict XVI's gift of a golden rose displayed in the chapel. Six masses are held daily. Put Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and other Washington DC attractions into our Washington DC vacation planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We did not make it in time for guided tour but did the self guided tour which was fine. Went at our own pace and saw why we wanted. The mosaics and small chapel were very beautiful . Highly recommend ...  more »
  • A magnificent church on the hill. Inside, the main church is incredibly large - there are numerous chapels on the site. Downstairs chapel and shops and restaurant.  more »
  • Beautiful place honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception. There arecmany chapels along both sides of the church with most cherished Blessed Virgins from different countries from a...  more »
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  • I went to Easter Sunday mass at this beautiful church in April of 2013. When I walked in my breath was taken away. It’s the most beautiful church I’ve ever been to. It’s also the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America. I got to meet a World War 2/Security Guard who was 92 years old at the time. Definitely a church worth going to.
  • A place of worship and meditation. Filled with beauty and spirit. Enjoy the surroundings while reaching closer to the Lord in Heaven above. Spend hours investigating every alcove or sit in silent meditation. The journey throughout brings you something or someone new at every step. And below you will find a gift shop full of religious goods and a small cafe to fill you up so that you can stay and nourish yourself spiritually . Outside. Enjoy the gardens with statues and artistic expression of events throughout the Bible.
  • Obviously the Church is beautiful. The mosaics must be seen to be appreciated as they are MASSIVE. While there, I attended adoration in the crypt, as well as confession with a Capuchin Friar. What a blessing! If you're ever in the DC area, feel free to skip some of the political stuff and come here instead.
  • I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. Absolute beautiful. Such and beautiful place of worship. The choir is absolutely beautiful. Voices of angels.
  • What a beautiful and awe-inspiring church building! One of the finest building in the US. The stories its carvings and paintings tell, the faith it inspires, the call to silence, prayer, and encounter with the Divine are just a few of the things you'll find there... A Must Visit!

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