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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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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 28

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, July 27 Time: Location and…

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2024 Summer Organ Recital Series – Ralph Hotzhauser

July 28 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Basilica for the fourth performance in our 2024 Summer Organ Recital Series on July 28 at 6:00 PM…

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 4

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, August 3 Time: Location and…

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2024 Summer Organ Recital Series – Andrew Kreigh

August 4 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Basilica for the fifth performance in our 2024 Summer Organ Recital Serieson August 4 at 6:00 PM in…

Salvadoran Pilgrimage on the Feast of the Divine Savior of the World

August 10

On Saturday, August 10, 2024, the Salvadoran Catholic Community will celebrate the Feast of the Divine Savior of the World…

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 11

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, August 10 Time: Location 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.