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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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Prayerful and inspiring

The largest Catholic Church IN THE USA and a must visit when in DC. It is a short 5 minute walk... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Fernando, Trinidad
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This is one loaded, large and visually impressive site with so many individual corners, coves and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
+1 202-526-8300
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The largest Catholic Church IN THE USA and a must visit when in DC. It is a short 5 minute walk from the Red metro line stop. I've been privileged to attend mass there on each trip to the capital and it's always inspiring the...More

Thank KiminGranCouva
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one loaded, large and visually impressive site with so many individual corners, coves and even floors to see (be sure to walk the entire lower floor with its darker lighting, lower ceiling, and unique mood. Catholic or not, this is a must-see. Thanks...More

Thank HepAdvisor
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not only is this great for a gift shop that sells a magnet saying ' All I need today is a a little bit of coffee and whole lot of Jesus' But the Basilica is a busy, beautifully noisy wonderful exploration of all things awesome...More

Thank Debsiebee
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just wow! This is the greatest church I have been too! There are so many amazing and awe-strucking works of arts at this Cathedral. It is truly one of the best in the world. I would recommend any lover of art --- whether religious or...More

Thank Odum F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Catholic or not, take the time to visit this beautiful Basilica with its outstanding Nave and side chapels. The artwork is incredible all pointing to the greater glory of God. Don't miss Mass in the Crypt (lower level). The world-class choir rehearses for Sunday Mass...More

Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit, with breath taking views all around the church. Great Mass as well. This a great gift store if you are looking for either books or Catholic items. Even a food area.

Thank denandclaire
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I planned our visit so that we could be here for mass on Sunday morning. It was a glorious experience, even if you an Easter/Christmas kind of Catholic. The gift shop has all kinds of medals, Catholic "coins," prayer cards, etc. If...More

Thank CableCarBelle
Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually attended service here. It was very nice and integrated. We sat next to people of many different backgrounds. It was a refreshing and a beautiful place with a very nice service. Well worth the extra effort to get there.

Thank Matt T
Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading about this on Trip Advisor, I decided to visit. I was stunned! So Beautiful! I did the free self-guided tour. It is quite large; they have a small restaurant on premise, which was nice. I took the Metro, then walked a few blocks...More

Thank ShazaamIam
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing art and design from basement vaults to cathedral ceilings. Beautiful mosaics, and architecture. Be sure to check out the special rooms donated and decorated by nations in the vaults.

Thank Robert L
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Barbara C
26 January 2017|
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Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
SUNDAY 5:15 p.m. (Vigil) 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon (Choir) 1:30 p.m. (en español) 4:30 p.m. DAILY (MONDAY – SATURDAY) 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 5:15 p.m. HOLY DAYS OF... More
Beth N
16 December 2016|
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Response from mcgon | Reviewed this property |
There are many areas as well as another floor in the Basilica. We had a tour while there was a high school graduation mass in the main church.
16 October 2016|
Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for your question. Yes, there are several restaurants within a mile of the Shrine, though you'll have to check the hours for each restaurant. Some of the ones that I know off the top of my head include: Busboys and... More