Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

As the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and one of the ten largest churches in the world, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception welcomes pilgrims and tourists alike from across the country and around the world.

Located in Washington, D.C., the Basilica is renowned for its unique architecture, beautiful sacred art (the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world) and rich Catholic and American history and heritage.

Nearly one million people visit the Basilica each year as a destination of its own or as part of touring our nation’s capital. Open daily, the Basilica welcomes individuals, families, groups, buses, tours and pilgrimages, and offers free parking, guided tours, a gift shop, book store, cafeteria and more.

In 1846, an excerpt from a Massachusetts newspaper told of "a magnificent Catholic church [to] be built at Washington, D.C. after the manner of the great cathedrals of the Old World from subscriptions of every Catholic Parish in America.”

Spanning the late 19th, 20th and now 21st century, American Catholics would indeed build a sanctuary that rivals those of Europe and the world, not only in size but in stature as well—in sacred art, architecture, history and heritage.

Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine. With over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the tapestry of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is indeed, America’s Catholic church.

A work in progress to this day, we invite you to come make history with us!

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  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • 400 Michigan Ave NE
  • Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
  • 202-526-8300
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