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Larger Than Life: Heroic Statues of the Basilica

Did you know that there are three heroic statues on display at the National Shrine? Crafted from bronze and marble, these larger-than-life sculptures feature stunning depictions of Saints Junípero Serra…

The Untold Story of American Catholicism

While many are familiar with the stories of Protestant pilgrims settling in the American colonies, the story of American Catholicism too often goes untold. Here at the Basilica, you can find many…

Birds in the Bible and Sacred Art

Learn about the symbolism of birds in sacred art and Scripture, and where you can find these motifs portrayed in the Basilica.