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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Address: 409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4450
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A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage,...

A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage, this religious landmark is known for its history, architecture and art.

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A Must see to understand USA Catholic History

*Parking on the street with either coins or credit card to put parking pass on your windshield. We bought 1 hour and added a 2nd hour/ it was so interesting! Volunteer Docents... read more

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jacksonville, fl
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

*Parking on the street with either coins or credit card to put parking pass on your windshield. We bought 1 hour and added a 2nd hour/ it was so interesting! Volunteer Docents greet you when you enter the church. I'm so glad, because my first impression of this (First USA) cathedral, now Basilica was: this is so plain Jane inside,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest Basilica in the United States. Has an area downstairs with a museum of sorts that covers the history of the basilica. Mass was great not too long with an excellent choir. For such a formal environment it was very come as you are even for Christmas Eve service.

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Willoughby, OH
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be in town for Palm Sunday. How awesome it was for the Bishops to say mass in this, America's 1st cathedral. There are tours for those who get into that, but just being one with the spirit in this fantastic shrine was enough for us.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Baltimore Basilica is a beautiful Catholic Basilica designed in an American style of architecture on its exterior. Guided tours are available to individuals and even large group (donations recommended). The Basilica is full of Catholic history, from its importance as America's first Cathedral to the Papal visit of Pope Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Calcutta. The... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This building was beautifully restored. So peaceful inside. Pretty cool that it was the first Basilica in America. The tour was very informative. (Guide should speak louder and more clearly). If you can get a mass in during your visit do so! I sat on a pew that St. Theresa sat in!!That was a thrill for me. We also drove... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can take either a guided tour or a self-guided one using a leaflet that is provided. We opted for the guided tour thinking we would learn more and we think we did. The guide did a good job of explaining history and architectural significance of the Basilca. We were most taken with the architecture of the crypt area. There... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

By all means, attend mass here at the Basilica.I flew into Baltimore this past Sunday and attended mass here. The music and choir were moving and the priest/deacon's sermon was inspiratonal.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

To walk into this Shrine is like walking back into history This is an amazing looking sanctuary. The restoration kept many of the original design concepts, some of which had been covered up in previous projects.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I really found the restoration back to the original concept of Latrobe so interesting. It was like a catholic federal building - very unique. History and architect buffs will find this worth a trip. We attended mass there, and were so glad to have the opportunity.

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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

First Cathedral in the USA consecrated in 1821. Ash Wednesday morning service was very nice. Beautiful building and different from the dark churches of Europe. Very light and white walls.

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