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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Ranked #13 of 488 things to do in Washington DC
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This cathedral was my highlight on the tour and my Spanish speaking tour guide explained everything. Great Spanish tour with Rafael in the cathedral

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

WOW. What a beautiful cathedral. This is overwhelming. The crypt level contains dozens of separate chapels to visit, as well as the Memorial Hall. The upper church level contains several more chapels as well as the main church area. There is a lot to explore. The architecture and color is breathtaking. Arrive at the right time and watch the colors of the stained glass windows like up the church as the sun hits. Breakfast in the cafeteria was very good and offered scrambled eggs, a choice of meat, potatoes, and a variety of breads and pastries.

Thank P F B
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This place would be even better for a Catholic, which I am not, because there would be more understanding for all the things to see. The place is huge---viewed from the perspectives of historian, art lover, building/architecture lover, etc---it's kind of a must see if you have the time. If you are Catholic, you definitely must see. We were there about 1-2 hours or so and toured on our own, but it was worth it.

Thank R H
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Gorgeous, immense church built over the years starting in 1920 in the Byzantine style. It is the biggest Catholic church in the U.S. It was built like the cathedrals of Europe, without structural steel beams, framework, or columns; it is entirely of stone, brick, tile and mortar. It is a blending of techniques, both ancient and new,This church is home to the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the United States. Amid a rich collection of mosaics, sculptures, and artistic renderings, the more than 65 chapels and oratories reflect not only the devotional traditions of the American Church but also the rich ethnic heritage of the whole Church. On major holidays, services there are quite elaborate and spectacular, including gorgeous flower arrangements, great music and singing. Go to the 12 noon mass for that, especially on major holidays. There is ample parking. The church is located on the campus of Catholic University that has some very nice buildings, some gothic, some quite modern (e.g. the Law School). In the lower level of the Basilica there is a cafeteria with decent food.

Thank Tezam
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

This is a huge church, with lots of rich artwork and symbolism. We did the audio tour, which was nice to see what you wanted and learn on your own.

Thank Mike H
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