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

409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4450
+1 410-727-3565
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A "Must-See" for Catholics

I had attended Mass at the Basilica a number of times decades ago during Holy Week. Back in the... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2016
Stephen R
Owings Mills, MD, United States
Light and darkness

The Basilica appears to be a very dark building from the outside, but when we got inside we were... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2016
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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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  • Average3%
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409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4450
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

I had attended Mass at the Basilica a number of times decades ago during Holy Week. Back in the 70s the interior walls were "battleship gray" and this premier cathedral had a dark atmosphere. When I went to work in downtown Baltimore in 2011, I...More

Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 26 January 2016

The Basilica appears to be a very dark building from the outside, but when we got inside we were surprised by the space and lots of light. The ceilings and the dome are amazing. The caretakers/volunteers were very friendly explaining a few things and showing...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2016

Tour guides are knowledgeable and thorough. The tour goes into the catacombs as well as the museum area. I've been Catholic all my life and learned things that were new to me.

Thank KarenGeneva
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

This is a precious historical site that is still in operation. In fact, its one of the few churches globally that is selected as "door of mercy" this year 2016. Its a magnificent holy place rich in story. A handful of people has visited this...More

Thank Victorious_Vi
Reviewed 4 January 2016

I came across this church on a walk through the city and decided to return for Mass that Sunday. It is absolutely gorgeous and was restored in 2006. While not as ornate as other basilicas, it has a simple elegance. The museum was closed but...More

Thank Denise L
Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

This one was on Benjamin Henry Latrobe's first projects in America, and the first Catholic church in the area (and perhaps the nation). It's quite lovely and impressive. Well worth a trip!

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 2 December 2015

We strolled in at the beginning of a tour. Usually would stay 3-4 min in a church, pics and out. This gentleman staring tour was very patient and explained not only history of Cathedral/Basilica (still do not know difference, even though I paid the guide...More

Thank zebra48
Reviewed 12 November 2015

We toured the Basilica last weekend while we were staying at the Hotel Indigo just a block away. It's a lovely building, even without stained glass. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Be sure to go down to the catacombs and look at the...More

Thank LarryMason
Reviewed 12 November 2015

I attended 10:45 a.m. Sunday Mass and am glad I did. It was about a 3/4 mile walk from the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. The Basilica is spectacular, designed by the same man (Latrobe) who designed the US Capitol in D.C. The only real downside:...More

Thank jamesaK2175UN
Reviewed 7 November 2015

At the beginning I thought it is a Russian orthodox church but turned out to be catholic and America's first cathedral. Its outside structure is not so typical of catholic churches but it is artistic.

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25 July 2016|
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Response from Deltraveler75 | Reviewed this property |
We parked on street but there is a large parking garage nearby
25 July 2016|
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Response from Petergun1962 | Reviewed this property |
The church itself does not have parking however there are 2 garages close by. We opted to park on a side street and use metered parking
caarol m
21 October 2015|
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Response from Timothy L. C | Reviewed this property |
I agree, although it is not far from the Amtrak station, since you are not familiar with Baltimore, a cab would be your best and safest bet.