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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Wonderful place to worship

The Basilica is overwhelming for this cradle Catholic. I attended mass and was in awe of the... read more

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Dearborn, Michigan
Beatuful place

It is the biggest Catholic church in the Northern America, so it worth to pay a visit. Has many... read more

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed today

The Basilica is overwhelming for this cradle Catholic. I attended mass and was in awe of the facility. But, more importantly, I was greeted by the priest and ushers in a very friendly manner.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank dn0rw00d
Reviewed today

It is the biggest Catholic church in the Northern America, so it worth to pay a visit. Has many sections representing different countries of the world. There are free tours there - definetly take a tour. Visited few times. Once it was a classical music...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

What a beautiful Basilica, great tour and guide. We were also about to attend one of the services after the tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amy S
Reviewed yesterday

This Church is worth several hours of your time. The Church is so beautiful, then you discover there are other levels to explore. Make sure to go to the crypt and all the chapels located on the lower level.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank OnAir04465111636
Reviewed yesterday

Every time I go to DC this is one spot I make sure to visit. I love cathedrals, old churches and places of worship.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I go to the shrine almost every time I visit DC. I find its beauty inspiring. The Sunday and Holy Day Masses are well attended by a very diverse congregation. If you like choral music, plan on the Sunday noon Mass with the Choir, which...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nich0lasR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply breathtaking from a visual standpoint, words can’t do it justice. And the Noon Solemn (Choir) Mass service was equally beautiful from a spiritual standpoint. Dominus Vobiscum.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TrojanSkyCop1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Catholics will get more out of a visit to the Basilica than they could ever imagine. The main chapel is gigantic and has many side chapels to Mary. Downstairs, the crypt and many more chapels can be visited as well. A must-see for anyone who...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank elleoa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Modern but traditional in many ways. Wonderful to see a world class cathedral in the US. Easy access. Don’t miss the extensive crypt with art displays.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jmcottingham
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check out the many beautiful mosaics as well as the "stern" Jesus. Check out the crypt. Unfortunately, although the church is wheel chair accessible, it is not really disability friendly. Doors do not have power assist opening mechanisms. Another downside is that while it is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robert L
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Jo D
November 26, 2018|
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Response from KAPAtl | Reviewed this property |
Jo, I do not know of any time restriction on parking. I would like need to work out the closest metro station. . . but not having to try to park near the White House is a great idea. If the metro station is too big of a... More
July 20, 2018|
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Response from patriciahL7147UH | Reviewed this property |
Of course. Many groups come to the Basilica to visit and tours are given as well. There is a cafe and gift shop too. It is a big place.
March 29, 2018|
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Response from 504waltw | Reviewed this property |
Moving around in the Washington area between 4 to 6 pm is always a challenge. Public transport let's someone else do the driving.