Basilica Of The National Shrine Of The Immaculate Conception

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  • 400 Michigan Ave NE

    Washington, DC 20017

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  • 202-526-8300

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it is heavy on Mary because it is devoted to the Immaculate conception, which is about Mary haha. I hope the church has some sort of informational phamplet about this for non-catholic visitors.

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it is heavy on Mary because it is devoted to the Immaculate conception, which is about Mary haha. I hope the church has some sort of informational phamplet about this for non-catholic visitors.

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This church is show gorgeous it's worth visiting even if you don't see the Shrine Shop. But if you have time, I'd definitely recommend wandering around the store. They have lots of devotional aids, books on Catholicism, religious art, and the history of the Shrine, as well as cards and souvenirs.

PROS: lots a beautiful artwork
CONS: can be very crowded

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This church is show gorgeous it's worth visiting even if you don't see the Shrine Shop. But if you have time, I'd definitely recommend wandering around the store. They have lots of devotional aids, books on Catholicism, religious art, and the history of the Shrine, as well as cards and souvenirs.

PROS: lots a beautiful artwork
CONS: can be very crowded

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This is a beautiful church. It's really pretty heavy on the St. Mary focus, even considering it is a shrine devoted to her. You may also be take aback at the image of Jesus at the head of the church, which really presents him as an imposing physical figure. Below decks you'll find a subterranean catacomb church, which has its own mass schedule. Throughout the basilica you'll also find little tidbits of Catholic history which are quite fasinating. You'll want to devite a good portion of your day to this tour, which you can do yourself or with docents.

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This is a beautiful church. It's really pretty heavy on the St. Mary focus, even considering it is a shrine devoted to her. You may also be take aback at the image of Jesus at the head of the church, which really presents him as an imposing physical figure. Below decks you'll find a subterranean catacomb church, which has its own mass schedule. Throughout the basilica you'll also find little tidbits of Catholic history which are quite fasinating. You'll want to devite a good portion of your day to this tour, which you can do yourself or with docents.

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History The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is the pre-eminent Marian shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. This beautiful votive church of pilgrimage, older than some of the states of the Union, honors the Blessed Mother under the title of the Immaculate Conception as the Patroness of the United States. Built as the medieval cathedrals of Europe, without structural steel beams, framework, or columns, the Shrine is entirely of stone, brick, tile and mortar. It is a blending of techniques, both ancient and new, in which architecture mingles with symbol. Envisioned by its founder, Bishop Thomas J. Shahan (1857-1932) as a monument to artistic truth that would speak with divine eloquence,b the Shrine is home to the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the United States. Amid a rich patina of mosaics, sculptures, and artistic renderings, the more than 65 chapels and oratories reflect not only the devotional traditions of the American Church but also the rich ethnic mC)lange of the Universal Church. In 1990, Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) named the National Shrine a minor basilica, the 36th in the United States.

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