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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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Wish We had Timed out Visit for a Guided Tour

This church is massive and everything within is a work of art. We arrived during the noon hour and... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Craig B
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Avon, CT
Inspiring Visit to Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

We had planned to be at the Basilica for a tour, but due to traffic situations we missed the last... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
travel7continents
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Norfolk, Virginia
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400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

This church is massive and everything within is a work of art. We arrived during the noon hour and would have had to wait quite a while for a guided tour. We tried the recorded tour, but the amount of detail given at each stop...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

We had planned to be at the Basilica for a tour, but due to traffic situations we missed the last tour of the day. We could not visit the church because Mass was being held. But we were able to get a recorded tour with...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2016

If you're Catholic - or even if you just love impressive architecture - you can spend an entire day here. Such an incredible structure (which is going to get even better - they were working on one of the domes while we were there), but...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2016

The place is great to visit. Entry is free. Place is very calm and architecture is amazing. The place is around 15 minutes by taxi or uber from Smithsonian. A must visit for everyone

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Reviewed 29 June 2016

If for religious reasons, it is well worth the visit because it is a basilica of our nation's capital. Other reviewers have described it well. If not for religious reasons, as a tourist, you better spend time in other attractions that are unique to DC.

Thank T C
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

The largest Catholic Church in America. It is huge. It is beautiful. We did not allocate enough time to spend admiring the building and the artwork and statues after mass. Unfortunately we had a plane to catch and could not linger. Being a Patriotic Degree...More

1  Thank Gasdoggie
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Everything about this place is gorgeous. I attended a Mass here and it couldn't have been better. Each chapel was glorious and had such great meanings behind them. Even the gift shop sold such high quality items. The location surrounding the building was breathtaking as...More

1  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

It is huge and beautiful inside - especially the numerous alters that line up down the sides. The mosaics are incredible ... crypt church in lower level was interesting. Unfortunately they were having a mass when we visited so we had to be respectful and...More

1  Thank nowpacking
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

This church is the most beautiful catholic church I have been in. Has a cool history and is a great place to take pictures. I loved visiting!

1  Thank Aileen L
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

The Basilica is a Marian shrine and features numerous chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is beautiful and peaceful, even with a lot of visitors and tourists about. The bookstore and gift shop carries a lot of Catholic books, rosaries, and novenas. Definitely worth...More

1  Thank JaxAces
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jacqueline s
30 March 2018|
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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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24 March 2018|
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Response from Ursula B | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is an elevator
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Cathy M
28 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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