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National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Address: 339 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9226
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Shrine that was built in 1965 in anticipation of the canonization of...

Shrine that was built in 1965 in anticipation of the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton (1809-1821.)

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A beautiful and relaxing experience!

I would encourage anyone looking for a beautiful and very peaceful place to visit, to consider spending time at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The grounds are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Mount Airy
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would encourage anyone looking for a beautiful and very peaceful place to visit, to consider spending time at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The grounds are beautiful and the Shrine is a place of peace and art. I really feel welcomed there and so relaxed. You can take a tour and visit a museum as there... More 

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Thank Doris H
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear Doris H., Thanks so much for taking time to provide a review. We appreciate feedback from our visitors. Our history, beautiful grounds and art in the Basilica are some things that our visitors like best about us. I'm glad you enjoyed them too! Thanks again! More 

Farmington, Missouri
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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

This is an awesome shrine that everyone should go visit in their lifetime. Beautiful Basilica and good tour with a great gift shop

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Thank Mark H
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear Mark H., Thank you for taking time to provide a review. The Basilica and tour that you mention are two things that people like most when they come. We're glad you enjoyed them. Thanks again! More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We made our first visit here for the feast day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. We were greeted by a very helpful receptionist, greeted again upstairs by helpful ushers, and we were impressed by the sheer beauty of the whole place. We will be back, and next time we will allot more time ( we only had about 30 minutes,... More 

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Thank Gretchen K
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear Gretchen K, We're glad you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to having you back. On your next visit, consider making time for a guided tour, which is offered every day of the week on the hours of 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. The tour lasts about 45-60 minutes. Thank you for making... More 

McKnightstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I had no idea what wonderful Civil War history the Shrine has. I visited the museum, took a tour of the historic homes, and I also visited the basilica. I would recommend approximately 2 hours or so on the campus. It isn't all religion, but so much more about their place in American heritage. I highly recommend a visit!

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Thank righttorise83
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear righttorise83, I apologize for the delay in responding to your review. I do appreciate the time you took to provide one. I'm glad you had a chance to experience all that we have to offer, especially the Civil War history. It's a side of the Civil War that not many have heard before. Thank you for your review; we're... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Inspiring. A beautiful place for reverance, reflection, prayer and comfort. Wonderful interesting history. Very tranquil. Worth visiting when in the Gettysburg area. Allow a couple of hours.

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Thank Karen C
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear Karen C, Thank you for visiting the Shrine and providing a review. We're glad you had such a nice visit! Thank you also for recommending us to people in the Gettysburg area. We're about 10-15 minutes south of Gettysburg, so it's an easy trip to make. Thanks again for making time to provide a review; we appreciate it! More 

Lafayette, Louisiana
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Stopped off for about an hour to tour the site, The Basilica is worth seeing, if you are into that. The grounds are well kept.I would recommend spending at least two hours if you go. The staff is limited, but small groups or solos can walk right in.

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Thank south6
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear south6, Thank you for making the time to provide a review. You're absolutely right about recommending two hours---we recommend that amount of time for people to be able to see the film, self-tour the museum, go on a guided tour, and have time to browse the gift shop. You're also right that small groups and solos can walk right... More 

Wasilla, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We were driving through the area and saw a sign on the highway for this shrine, so we decided to check it out. Beautiful grounds, tabernacle and cemetery. A good history of the first saint born in the United States.

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Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear Alaska_Gator_Girl, Thank you for the review. We're glad you made a spur-of-the-moment decision to stop and see our site. We're also glad you enjoyed our grounds and history---many of our visitors find the outdoors and history to be what they enjoy most about us. Thanks again for taking the time to review us; we appreciate it! More 

Snow Hill
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

While traveling to the Poconos for vacation I decided to detour and visit the basilica and light votive candles in memory of my parents. The basilica was beautiful as were the grounds surrounding it. I found the visit to be both spiritual and emotional.

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Thank Mary S
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Dear Mary S, We're so glad you decided to detour and visit us. Lighting a votive in memory of your parents is a wonderful way to honor them. If you didn't have time to do a guided tour when you stopped by, we invite you to come back when you have more time. Our guided tours are available every day... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

As a Protestant, I found this visit to be an opportunity to learn about Elizabeth Seton who was the first American Saint. I was surprised that she had been married and had children but, following the death of her husband, decided to devote her life to teaching and ministering within the church. The video does a great job of telling... More 

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Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Hi Beverly W, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Shrine. I'm glad you found Elizabeth Ann Seton's life inspiring. With all the ups and downs she experienced, many of us can relate to her. She is an ideal example of overcoming challenges to accomplish amazing things, which in her case include founding the first... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

very peaceful setting in MD nice museum and beautiful grounds to explore. Be sure to ring the bells on the grounds when you are there

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Thank johnnyboy320
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this review

Hi johnnyboy320, I apologize for how much time has past in acknowledging your review. Thank you for taking time to submit it, I do appreciate it. Visitors do enjoy ringing the bells on the grounds here at the Shrine, thank you for mentioning them in your review! More 

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