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March 1, 2023
Did you know that the artistic and architectural style of the Basilica is heavily influenced by Romanesque art? Known for its effusive use of figurative and stone sculpting, the Romanesque style…
October 3, 2022
As the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, the Basilica is dedicated to the patroness of the United States, the Blessed Virgin…
August 9, 2022
One of the major Marian celebrations of the Church calendar, the Solemnity of the Assumption celebrates the Church’s teaching that Mary was taken up, body and soul, into heaven.
April 5, 2022
Learn about the symbolism of birds in sacred art and Scripture, and where you can find these motifs portrayed in the Basilica.
November 19, 2021
In 1925, Pope Pius XI instituted the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as a reminder…
September 8, 2021
Discover the stories of some of the most influential Jesuit fathers who are featured in marble statues in the West Apse.
June 22, 2021
Uncover the stories of the saints of the East Apse – five women whose bravery and commitment to the cross continue to inspire Catholics around the world today.
May 27, 2021
Today, we are offering you an inside look into the making of the Trinity Dome, the largest and final dome installed at the National Shrine.
May 11, 2021
Completed in 2017, the Rosary Walk and Garden provides a peaceful space for prayer and meditation outside the Basilica…
April 15, 2021
The Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is composed of five distinctive…