Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of the Basilica

We invite you to take a Virtual Tour of the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, and one of the ten largest churches in the world!

Take our 360° Virtual Tours to see the Basilica’s Great Upper Church, the Great Upper Church Sanctuary, the Crypt Church and Memorial Hall up close and personal! With the click of your mouse, you can look up, down, and all around, and zoom in and zoom out.

On the lower level, you can view the Crypt Church and Memorial Hall. On the upper level, you can view the Great Upper Church and the Sanctuary. The virtual tours allow you to view all 80 chapels and oratories located on the Basilica’s Upper and Lower Levels.

Upper Level

Great Upper Church

The Great Upper Church Virtual Tour allows you to explore many of the main chapels found at the National Shrine, the three domes that adorn the ceiling of the North and South Nave, and both the East and West Transept domes.

Great Upper Church Sanctuary

Throughout the Sanctuary Virtual Tour, explore the Chancel and Altar area, and view the Baldachin Altar. Step inside the surrounding chapels and oratories, including the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and view the three apses high above.

Crypt Level

Crypt Church

At the heart of the National Shrine is the Crypt Church. Not only was this the first area completed during construction, but it is where Mass is held throughout the day, along with Adoration, Rosary, and Confessions. The Crypt Church and the chapels found here are beautifully adorned with mosaic, ceramic, and other embellishments that can be viewed up close in the virtual tour.

Memorial Hall

At the center of the Lower Level is Memorial Hall, which features 14,400 tablets of marble and granite inscribed with the names of benefactors, including individuals, families, and religious communities that supported the National Shrine during its construction. The virtual tour will allow you to see the inscriptions up close and to view the many chapels and oratories that are found there.

Explore the Basilica with Our Interactive Map

View each point of interest with our interactive map, exploring the art and architecture throughout the Crypt Level, Upper Church Level, and exterior gardens.