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“Stunning and Powerful”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Ranked #14 of 455 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 December 2013

We paid a visit to the Basilica in late August when school had just started up at Catholic University. A pleasant time to visit when the students are just getting back to their studies.

No other way to describe the Basilica other than a place where art, architecture, history, and religion meet in a place full of grandeur, grace, and beauty. Many will leave humbled and awestruck at the National Shrine's magnificence.

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The Basilica is an impressive building, but I had a hard time enjoying my visit because I felt lost most of the time I was in the building. I had just missed the start of a guided tour, and didn't want to wait an hour for another one, so I picked up a guide at the information desk (where the staff did not acknowledge me, which is another negative mark). The guide just contained a list of the shrines in the building, with a number for each, but there were so many listed that it was overwhelming and hard to decide which might be of interest. The building is beautiful, but more information should be provided to visitors.

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

This is a beautiful church for the Roman Catholics. You don't have to be a Catholic to appreciate this magnificent structure. It is full of history and beauty. As long as you are respectful during their regularly held mass (which can either be in any of the small enclave, chapel, or in main church itself), tourists are welcomed.

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We were awed by the building, the memorials, and the artwork. The mosaics on the wall and the domes were unlike anything we've seen. Very solemn and inspiring place.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Basilica is located in an easy place to arrive by car and has a huge parking. I went there on Sunday for the mass at 10:30. It was an one hour Mass, very beautiful and touching.

There is a store to buy books and other religious gifts.

There is a good restaurant there. It is ok to have lunch there after the 10:30 mass or before the 12:00 mass.

There is an expositions of chairs where Pope John Paul II seated and photos and some pieces of clothes.

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