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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Address: 409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage,...

A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage, this religious landmark is known for its history, architecture and art.

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Great to see this piece of history

We went to mass here but didn't do the tour afterwards due to time issues. It was still neat to be able to see the first Basilica of America even if it was for just a quick... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 June 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

We went to mass here but didn't do the tour afterwards due to time issues. It was still neat to be able to see the first Basilica of America even if it was for just a quick view. We also viewed Pope John Paul's prayer garden just outside of it. This was also nice and a great place to sit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

We went to the 7:30 am mass. After they knew that we were visiting and were leaving at noon, they took us a (private) tour around the church and opened the small museum for us. All the people met there were very friendly and we all felt welcome.

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Thank Adam C
Annapolis MD area, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

What people do not know is that this is the United States first Cathedral, build under the direction of John Carroll, who became the first Bishop. "He wanted an architectural symbol for the Catholic Church in this new republic that was uniquely considered “American”." The architect was Latrobe and constructed with a true American feel as per John Carroll.It is... More 

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Plattsburgh, Ny, Usa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

beautiful architecturally, but also important for its role in the history of American Catholicism. don't just gaze at the exterior; go inside and take advantage of a tour

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Thank Rich F
Emmitsburg, Md
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015

The Basilica, or "The Old Cathedral" as real Baltimoreans call it, is, perhaps, the one "World-class" structure in the city. Since the early days of the Nineteenth Century visitors have raved about its beauty. A recent controversial renovation has attempted to restore an earlier simplicity with some victories and defeats. Some marvelous accouterments were sacrificed, like the walnut, Federal style... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Make certain you visit the crypt and museum. The restoration of the upper church is interesting as is the small shop in a small building near the entrance.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

The Basilica is beautiful and the history is something we should know about and cherish. Visitors should take the time to tour and experience all that the Basilica has to offer.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

Imposing on the exterior, the basilica's interior design is surprisingly simple. We particularly enjoyed the lower level crypt, including the display about how the church was damaged and repaired following an earthquake, and the beautiful courtyard garden. There are formal tours; we didn't take one, but a guide waiting for a group provided us helpful background about the shrine.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Incredible Architecture and Artwork, worth the visit regardless of religion. it doesn't take up a lot of your time and it is like going to a museum.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Baltimore was the first Catholic Community in America and this the first Basilica. Recently renovated, the architecture and paintings are beautiful.

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