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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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+1 202-526-8300
07:00 - 19:00
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The Best and Biggest Church in the US

We have been here many times before. My wife, two kids and two friends visited here in November 2015. We visited the crypt (downstairs) including many special saints from many... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2015
New Jersey
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

We have been here many times before. My wife, two kids and two friends visited here in November 2015. We visited the crypt (downstairs) including many special saints from many countries. Of particular interest to my wife and her friends was Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage from Antipolo Philippines. After this, we went upstairs to the main church.... More 

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

I have not visited any of the great churches around the world. I was amazed at the grandness of the church. also, you are free to roam around, even when a service is in progress. there is a church right below the main church, called crypt church or something like that. it is a must visit. awesome architecture, glasswork ,murals... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

This Catholic church is very large by American standards, approaching the scale of some European cathedrals. It's neat that the Pope recently performed mass there in front of thousands ... on his first trip to the United States. So if you are Catholic and that has special meaning for you, by all means take the red line to the Brookline-Catholic... More 

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Waveland, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2015

This is a stunning, beautiful, holy temple dedicated to the Mother of Jesus. The main church is really breathtaking not to mention all of the side chapels. I can see why Pope Francis visited there while in DC. I highly recommend a visit to this holy shirine. It's not far from the city.

1 Thank Pat K
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Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

Our son who lives in d.c.area insisted we see this basilica and go to mass there. Well worth the visit. Located on campus of catholic university north of metro d.c. Large gift shop and cafeteria. Largest church I have seen in u.s. And quite impressive.

3 Thank Jim K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2015

I took two metros across town to visit this church as it is the largest Roman Catholic in USA and I was not disappointed, what a beautiful building both inside and out, well worth a visit.

1 Thank Hunda
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

great paintings and art. I can understand why this basilica has been choosen for the masses offered by the Pope when he goes D.C.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

I am not Catholic (or particularly religious), however, it makes no difference when it comes to visiting this beautiful building. The architecture is amazing and the interior breathtaking. I was able to easily reach it via the Metro though parking is available for those who drive. Take a camera and wander around, you won't regret it.

3 Thank Juan Carlos M
Washington, United States
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

We go there for confession which they have both in Spanish and English. Masses are held in the crypt and in the main Basilica upstairs. One thing to scope out is the different chapels in the crypt that hold masses in different languages. Great place for a pilgrimage. Located very close to other great places like the Franciscan Monastery and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

I was in awe of this Basilica! It is well worth the time and the drive to visit it. It is beautiful and you should be willing to spend more than a few minutes visiting it!

3 Thank Sandra S

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