The Baltimore Basilica, Baltimore

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Baltimore Basilica, was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States, and was among the first major religious buildings constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. As a co-cathedral, it is one of the seats of the Catholic Archdiocese in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally it is a parish church (ranked minor basilica) and national shrine. It is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture".
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  • Nice place to stop by for a visit. Take a few pictures, learn a little bit about the history or just for praying and take a break to continue exploring the beautiful Mount Vernon area.  more »
  • We took the tour of this beautiful basilica and not only learned the history of the church but a history of Baltimore and Catholics in Baltimore. Beautiful light and airy church with an amazing...  more »
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  • Baltimore's first cathedral (later superseded by the Cathedral of Mary our Queen much further north on Charles Street, and in no way its architectural match) is one of the most beautiful church buildings in America. The central dome envelopes you in the womb of Mary, as you share in the feeling of being embraced in the arms of the Blessed Mother of God. It is a superb tribute to the mystery of the Incarnation. Recently restored, bringing a bit of brightness to what had formerly been a little dowdy and dim, it is not to be missed if you are on a walking tour of central Baltimore.
  • Very nice Catholic basilica with Greek revival style. The inside is simple and with pastel colors very soothing. The crypt is the highlight of the church. Very nice Brock arched crypt with a small museum. It is worth the detour to see.
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