Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
4.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Asheville
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  • Jeff M
    DeKalb, Illinois49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Mass and Tour
    Went to Saturday Vigil Mass. Beautiful church. Stained glass, architecture, and art work were wonderful to look at. The pipe organ and organist during Mass was remarkable. The priest and other parishioners made you feel welcome. After Mass, local parishioners gave a narrated tour of the basilica, which was very good. They were informative and interactive with the guest. A nice group of Catholics and interested non-Catholics had a great time. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • jlantern3
    Columbia, South Carolina12,846 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Beauty
    This is a stunning over 100 year old church located in downtown Asheville. Was in town for a concert and was instantly amazed by this structure. A thing of great beauty. was closed when I was there so we walked around the exterior and marveled at its detailed construction. For those who like historic buildings and places of worship, I recommend stopping by while in the city. Great for photos!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Donna E
    Klein, Texas423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique architecture
    Surprising interior, no clue given by the exterior view. Incredible domed interior - I have never seen anything like it! Beautiful altar space and side chapels. Informative self-guided tour pamphlet.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • CharmaneK
    Chicago, Illinois84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit to appreciate the architecture
    We heard that the person that did the tile work at the Biltmore house pool also did the ceiling at the Basilica, so we had to make a stop to see it for ourselves. So glad we worked it into our Asheville visit! It is a gorgeous church, rich in history and beauty! The docent at the door was so friendly and even let us in a few minutes early since he saw we were waiting outside the door for them to open at 11am. Check the website for times it is opening for tourists- since it depends on the day and works around Mass schedules.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 September 2023
  • sharrongeg
    Henderson, Nevada3,440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Free!
    Front the street, it looks like a hundred other old brick churches in the US, but the inside is SO unique. My first thought - oh my goodness - it is shaped like an egg! The architecture speaks for itself and it is simple in it’s decorations. Highly recommend popping your head in.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • OldRose62
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Herringbone brick magnificence.
    We went to Mass which is followed by a short docent tour of this “minor” basilica. It is a lovely brick church with a domed ceiling and an altar with M, M, L & J and two guardian Angels in what looked to be Della Robbia style ceramic, very attractive. I much prefer these smaller church venues. The famous Cathedrals overwhelm.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Opinion8ed
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A testimony to the spirit of St. Lawrence and the great talent of the architect and builder
    Had the distinct pleasure of attending Mass here on 4/27/24 and felt most welcome. The tour provided afterwards was very professional and fascinating. A husband and wife couple provided excellent information about the church and its builders. They truly brought history to life and successfully shared their love for design, architecture, and their parish. Thanks so much!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
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Opinion8ed
Webster, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Had the distinct pleasure of attending Mass here on 4/27/24 and felt most welcome. The tour provided afterwards was very professional and fascinating. A husband and wife couple provided excellent information about the church and its builders. They truly brought history to life and successfully shared their love for design, architecture, and their parish. Thanks so much!
Written 28 April 2024
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OldRose62
Chapel Hill, NC181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went to Mass which is followed by a short docent tour of this “minor” basilica. It is a lovely brick church with a domed ceiling and an altar with M, M, L & J and two guardian Angels in what looked to be Della Robbia style ceramic, very attractive. I much prefer these smaller church venues. The famous Cathedrals overwhelm.
Written 19 February 2024
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Claude O
242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful edifice built in Spanish Renaissance style by Guastavino an architect of Spanish origin who came to Asheville to work on the Biltmore house, it was completed in 1909, it has numerous stained-glass windows depicting numerous scenes from the Bible, It is located on 97 Haywood Street across the street from the casino.
Written 15 January 2024
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Front the street, it looks like a hundred other old brick churches in the US, but the inside is SO unique. My first thought - oh my goodness - it is shaped like an egg!

The architecture speaks for itself and it is simple in it’s decorations.

Highly recommend popping your head in.
Written 29 September 2023
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Margaret G
Scottsdale, AZ8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Beautiful church. Went there for mass. Google maps had faulty data on when the Basilica was open. Check the Basilica website for mass times.
Written 18 September 2023
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CharmaneK
Chicago, IL84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We heard that the person that did the tile work at the Biltmore house pool also did the ceiling at the Basilica, so we had to make a stop to see it for ourselves. So glad we worked it into our Asheville visit! It is a gorgeous church, rich in history and beauty! The docent at the door was so friendly and even let us in a few minutes early since he saw we were waiting outside the door for them to open at 11am. Check the website for times it is opening for tourists- since it depends on the day and works around Mass schedules.
Written 16 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Donna E
Klein, TX423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Surprising interior, no clue given by the exterior view. Incredible domed interior - I have never seen anything like it! Beautiful altar space and side chapels. Informative self-guided tour pamphlet.
Written 31 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sarah M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A beautiful church with such a friendly congregation. The mass was wonderful and we felt welcome from start to finish.
Written 17 July 2023
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,846 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a stunning over 100 year old church located in downtown Asheville. Was in town for a concert and was instantly amazed by this structure. A thing of great beauty. was closed when I was there so we walked around the exterior and marveled at its detailed construction. For those who like historic buildings and places of worship, I recommend stopping by while in the city. Great for photos!
Written 28 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeff M
DeKalb, IL49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Went to Saturday Vigil Mass. Beautiful church. Stained glass, architecture, and art work were wonderful to look at. The pipe organ and organist during Mass was remarkable. The priest and other parishioners made you feel welcome. After Mass, local parishioners gave a narrated tour of the basilica, which was very good. They were informative and interactive with the guest. A nice group of Catholics and interested non-Catholics had a great time. Highly recommended.
Written 24 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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