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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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Lenten Reflection: What is the True Meaning of Sacrifice?

March 5 @ 5:15 pm

The season of Lent is a time to reflect on the solemnity of the Lord’s sacrifice and prepare our hearts…

24 Hours for the Lord: 40 Hours Devotion

March 7 - March 9

In observance of Pope Francis’ annual Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord,” the Basilica of the National Shrine of…

Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 10

We invite you to join us for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Saturday, March 9 Time: Location and additional information:…

Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 17

We invite you to join us for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Saturday, March 16 Time: Location and additional information:…

Lenten Reflection: Carved from the Heart of Jesus: The Practice of Adoration and the Practice of Charity

March 21 @ 5:15 pm

The season of Lent is a time to reflect on the solemnity of the Lord’s sacrifice and prepare our hearts…

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

March 24

As we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, we rejoice in Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and…

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There are a multiple ways to tour the National Shrine.
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Individuals and small groups are welcome to attend Mass, take a tour and visit the Shrine Shops.

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If you desire to tour the Shrine with a large group, we offer guided tours that last approximately one hour. Guided tours include visits to chapels on the Crypt Level and the Great Upper Church, and include information about the history of the Shrine, the architecture, and the sacred artwork.

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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.

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.