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Welcome to America’s Catholic Church: Plan Your Visit

The National Shrine, also known as Mary’s Shrine, receives nearly one million visitors annually and has been visited by Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Pope John Paul II, and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, among others. We hope that you can join us in person and are here to help you as you learn more about the Basilica – America’s Catholic Church!

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The Catholic University of America Annual Christmas Concert

December 2 @ 7:00 pm

Sponsored by The Catholic University of America, this event draws standing-room-only crowds and raises thousands of dollars each year for…

Haitian Catholic Community Pilgrimage

December 3

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, the Haitian Catholic Community is invited to participate in the Annual Haitian Catholic Community Pilgrimage.…

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2021

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us in celebrating our Patronal Feast…

Archdiocese of Washington Walk with Mary Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 10

On Saturday, December 10th, 2022, the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington will hold their annual Walk with Mary procession…

Choir of the Basilica Christmas Concert 2022

December 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Choir of the Basilica will offer a one-hour Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 17, at 7:00 PM, in the…

Blessing of the Bambinelli

December 18 @ 4:30 pm

Following in the Papal tradition in Saint Peter’s Square, the National Shrine will host its annual Blessing of the Bambinelli…

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There are a multiple ways to tour the National Shrine.
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Guided Tour

If you desire to tour the Shrine, we offer guided tours that last just under one hour. Guided tours include visits to chapels on both levels, and include information about the background of the Shrine, the architecture, and the sacred artwork.

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Suggested Itineraries

Whether you are just stopping by for an introductory self-tour, are part of a School or Church Group Pilgrimage, or a one-day Diocesan Pilgrimage, view our sample schedules to ensure that your visit is a valuable spiritual experience.

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Virtual Tour

Take our 360° Virtual Tours to see the Basilica’s Great Upper Church, the Great Upper Church Sanctuary, the Crypt Church and the Memorial Hall. With the click of your mouse, you can view the inside of the National Shrine!

What To Do & See

Learn more about the Basilica as you prepare for your next visit.

Hours & Location

We look forward to your next visit to the Basilica.

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Plan to visit the Basilica?

The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America and is among the ten largest churches in the world. Review our hours and location details to help plan your next trip.

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Interactive Map

Learn more about the Basilica’s architecture and sacred art.

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Cafeteria

View cafeteria hours and make group arrangements.

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Bookstore

View bookstore hours and search for resources online.

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Gift Shop

Plan your visit to the National Shrine Shops and shop online.