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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
+1 202-526-8300
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Mosaics!

The mosaics are incredible. Spend time exploring the different shrines and grottos. Lots to see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jlw2018
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Saint Louis, Missouri
What is the price for 2 eggs an 2 sausages?

I regularly eat breakfast after mass and the times I have been to the cafeteria I have never been... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert B
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400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The mosaics are incredible. Spend time exploring the different shrines and grottos. Lots to see in addition to the beautiful church.

Thank jlw2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly eat breakfast after mass and the times I have been to the cafeteria I have never been charged for the same order, 2 eggs, and 2 link sausage, from which I have never deviated. However, the price wildly fluctuates between $2.88, $3.85 and...More

1  Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica is HUGE so take your time exploring it. It's within walking distance from the Metro though nowhere near the downtown area. The different alcoves allow for quiet reflection and prayer. Prayer service is held in different languages so be sure to check the...More

1  Thank FranziRinDC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth doing even if you are not a Catholic. Beautiful place with stunning features, mosaics and craftsmanship. Free to enter. $5 to light a prayer candle which is a little steep. Gift shop and cafeteria close at five. Plenty of free parking.

1  Thank Jeff M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here twice in the past two years for graduations. This is a very beautiful serene church. They have a gift shop and café downstairs near the restrooms be sure to check that out. So many little details even I who left the...More

1  Thank D_Kirk2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, I was only able to spend a limited amount of time at the Basilica. I want to go back. It is a beautiful building. If you are a Christian, or if you appreciate art, you should visit.

Thank Charles_TA_1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is breathtakingly beautiful. I have visited the Basilica Shrine only twice but have never forgotten the beauty and sound in this building. Attended a performance of the Washington Symphony Orchestra and the sound was absolutely marvelous! Passed by recently and know it is...More

Thank Mable S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see! This church is too beautiful to skip. We are not catholic but enjoyed the tour. We could not understand the docent but still liked to marvel at skilled tradesman collective talents.

Thank dylanshire
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan on lots of time. Not a place that you can see in just a few minutes or even an hour. Plan on a couple hour. Take a guided tour if you get a chance.

1  Thank Gerald C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful overall and especially for the honors ceremony when we had seats (they kicked us out to re-make the altar for the next ceremony and I missed our pews! Be warned, during mass they use a tremendous amount of incense - not at all good...More

1  Thank Gail C
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jacqueline s
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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.
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Yes there is an elevator
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Cathy M
27 January 2018|
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Response from Ursula B | Reviewed this property |
It would be possible to visit both in the same day. You could arrange a tour for one in the morning and the other after lunch. I do not know if either place has picnic facilities. But you can get a reasonable cost... More
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