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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Address: 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
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If you are close by or visiting the capital you have to pass by and spend sometimes inside. The place is amazing, the art, the colours, the peacefulness you feel inside is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Liberty, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had been to DC half a dozen times before and had never considered visiting the basilica before. It was definitely worth a couple of hours (to a couple of non-Catholics). We took an hour-long tour but also just spent time wandering. It's a huge - and interesting - church that is welcoming to tourists.

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are close by or visiting the capital you have to pass by and spend sometimes inside. The place is amazing, the art, the colours, the peacefulness you feel inside is great. It was quite when we went there on a Monday, so no mass and not too many people, it was great to have the place for yourself.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit even if you're not Catholic. and if you are Catholic Sunday Mass at noon is a must. either way be sure to go downstairs and take the guided tour.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a Catholic, its a must, if you're not a Catholic, you'll still be moved. Stunning and magnificent.

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Troy, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I planned to go to mass and see the amazing basilica. It is so breathtaking and beautiful inside that you feel you are in heaven. The artwork inside and murals and mosaics are amazing. If you are a faithful you will feel something wonderful. Must go for catholic families visiting DC

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Basilica is enormous and usually not crowded at all. There is light and peace and space and room to find your inner-self. Mass is celebrated many times every day - check the url for specific times. Parking is easy but can require a long walk. A cafeteria and a gift shop are available.

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Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a quiet day during the Christmas Holidays. The church is enormous, but the real delights are the small chapels decorated by the various Catholic cultures that have immigrated to the USA. The only comparison I can think of is the Nationality Rooms in Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love, love, love, love, love. This place is gorgeous! There are tours and a cafe. The priest was extremely helpful with logistics. The kids loved it. We went to Confession and a service and popped in to some of the beautiful side chapels. Our teen was thrilled to find a Dominican priest hearing Confessions. I wish we'd had more time... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A spectacular church. They main dome is getting its mosaic tiles installed. This will complete the construction. A lot to see. It's a stones throw outside of Central D.C.

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Titusville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for 9am mass and stayed afterwards to tour the basilica and lower level. The various side chapels are stunning. It would take many hours to tour all of the sculptures and architecture. But you can also stay for a shorter visit and plan to return!

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