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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Address: 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
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07:00 - 19:00
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Beautiful place even for those not too religious

Majestic place to visit We stayed for the holly mass Sound of the organ is the best I have ever heard on different countries

Reviewed 13 December 2015
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Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

Majestic place to visit We stayed for the holly mass Sound of the organ is the best I have ever heard on different countries

Thank Frank M
Abingdon, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2015

The building of this magnificent structure started a hundred years ago. It was dedicated in 1959. Over all of those years, more than 70 chapels and oratories were added to the interior. I believe it is now finally completed. What stands out are the absolutely awesome mosaics. From a distance, they may look like they are just paintings but when... More 

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Brighton, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Took my devout catholic mother here in November 2015. Overwhelming. The detail, the art - breath taking and I'm not religious. Be sure to visit the 'Crypt Chapel' on the lower level. Every nook and cranny is ornamentally a work of art. It is truly amazing. My mother just glowed.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

Good architecture, great history behind and overall, a nice place to visit. It is located quite a bit away from the mall area, so budget some travel time if you plan on visiting. You will enjoy the visit even more if you are a practicing catholic, for some of the historical significance (Pope John Paul II's visit, etc).

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West Hempstead, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2015

Husband an I attended a Sunday Mass during Advent season and spent the next few hours examining both the main Church and the Crypt. Ornate, beautiful and comprehensive. Worth more than just the Mass.

Thank momeees
West Burke, Vermont
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

If you are not into "God Watching" but need to get shelter from the rain it is worth a visit. The cafeteria could also make it worthwhile.

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United States
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Reviewed 24 November 2015

So glad we stopped here during our trip. Definitely take advantage of the free tours. I truly wish we weren't pressed for time during our visit, as I would have loved to have spent the entire afternoon just admiring all that this church had to offer.

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

Worth a tour. The young guides were very good. My wife and I took the kids as a last-minute thought, as we were exiting D.C. I'm glad we did. It's a very beautiful building.

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Sanford, Florida
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Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Sometimes we take a vacation from church while on vacation...do not do this while in Washington DC. The Basilica is considered the Pope's home church away from Rome. If you want to feel the European style church without leaving the homeland, this is a must stop. This church holds a special place in my heart because during our visit we... More 

Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

I recently visited the Basilica. It is on the campus of the Catholic university of America. I arrived at noon and the tolling of the bells was fabulous. Once inside, the ceiling soaring above was awe inspiring. It didn't take too long to look around but you need to be respectful of those who are praying.

Thank TooOldtoRun

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