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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Sponsored by The Catholic University of America, this event draws standing-room-only crowds and raises thousands of dollars each year for…
On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, the Haitian Catholic Community is invited to participate in the Annual Haitian Catholic Community Pilgrimage.…
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us in celebrating our Patronal Feast…
On Saturday, December 10th, 2022, the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington will hold their annual Walk with Mary procession…
The Choir of the Basilica will offer a one-hour Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 17, at 7:00 PM, in the…
Following in the Papal tradition in Saint Peter’s Square, the National Shrine will host its annual Blessing of the Bambinelli…
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.
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.
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!
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We look forward to your next visit to the Basilica.
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.