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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!

In accordance with Phase Two Guidance for COVID-19 as issued by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office and Health Department, the Basilica has adjusted operations, schedules, and protocols. View visitor guidelines for entry into the Basilica on the FAQ page.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 2

We invite you to join us for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Due to ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19 that…

Easter in the great upper church

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 9

We invite you to join us for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Due to ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19 that…

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Solemn Mass of the Ascension of the Lord

May 16

We invite you to join us for the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord on Sunday, May 16. We…

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Archdiocese for the Military Services USA Pilgrimage and Memorial Mass

May 16 @ 4:30 pm

The Archdiocese for the Military Services USA will host its annual Pilgrimage and Memorial Mass on Sunday, May 16. The…

Pentecost Sunday

Solemnity of Pentecost

May 23

After the Lord ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles as they were in Jerusalem celebrating the…

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 30

We invite you to join us for the celebration of The Most Holy Trinity on Sunday, May 30. Masses 4:30…

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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, dine in the Cafeteria, and visit the Shrine Shops. Regularly scheduled guided tours for groups up to 15 people are free of charge and require no advance reservations.

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If you desire to tour the Shrine with a large group, 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.

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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.