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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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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 11

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus…

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Annual Global Rosary Relay 2023

June 16 @ 5:45 pm

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will once again participate in the Annual Global Rosary Relay…

Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage

June 24

On Saturday, June 24, 2023, the Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine…

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

June 29

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The Solemn Mass of Saints…

2023 Summer Organ Recital Series – Andrew Vu

July 2 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Basilica for the first performance in our 2023 Summer Organ Recital Series on July 2 at 6:00 PM…

Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno

September 5 @ 6:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. for the Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant…

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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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View cafeteria hours and make group arrangements.

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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.