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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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The interior architecture and artwork is breath taking

If you are Catholic past or present this venue should be a MUST for you to see. Take the Tour for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Scottsdale, Arizona
take the tour!

There is so much to learn here, than just the audio tour that's available. Try to be there for one... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are Catholic past or present this venue should be a MUST for you to see. Take the Tour for all the history. I dare say this is the most beautiful building in all of the Washington, DC area. Take a cab or Uber...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much to learn here, than just the audio tour that's available. Try to be there for one of the docent led tours as well. Had a great time in both conversation and history of some of the inner chapels. From the metro...More

2  Thank gordofong
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a colossal structure which is beautiful inside and out. Almost every chapel and nook has a different mosaic design, each of which is beyond amazing in their design and execution. There is also a crypt below the main church.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This basilica is quite large and beautiful and makes a good national representative. I didn't get to see the flower garden, but the exterior and interior are lovely. Uber took me through a bad neighborhood on the way there, but the basilica itself is right...More

1  Thank kriveted
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Takes your spirituality to another level and there is so much to see and enjoy. Don't forget the bottom level that has an incredible gift store.

1  Thank laina103
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like a lot of DC spots, I've been coming here for years, first with my parents, now with my grown children, and soon, hopefully with my grandchildren. The Basilica is a wonderful example of the modern and centuries old traditions of the Catholic faith. Also,...More

1  Thank Vic C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mass was breathtaking, and I recommend the tour. The Nigerian docent was so charming, smiley and knowledgeable. He made you feel so happy to be there! Parking is easy. Lots of walking for tour. Very worth your time. Must do.

1  Thank Blue J
Reviewed September 13, 2018

We attended the 10:30 Mass and were amazed at the beautiful ceiling, stained glass windows, and well-decorated niches. The organ resonated in the vaulted ceilings, and the cantor had a magnificent voice. We'd been admiring the church on calendars and cards for years, and the...More

1  Thank SpryWidow
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Read the reviews and decided to ,are the long trek to the Cathedral. Well worth it, enjoyed the trip there and back. Take enough time to really see the place, we took the free tour then had a wander. It is very interesting, Catholic or...More

1  Thank siennalee1800
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

Took my wife to Mass at Basilca as a favor to her -- a Catholic school teacher. I ended up being stunned by facility. While the main church is incredible, there are multiple chapels both on the main floor and in the basement/lower level. We...More

1  Thank ohiobudgettravel
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Anthony S
July 20, 2018|
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Response from Patricia H | 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.
jacqueline s
March 29, 2018|
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Response from Walt W | 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.
March 23, 2018|
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Response from Ursula B | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is an elevator