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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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Annual Mother of Miracles Pilgrimage

May 25

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, members of the Indian Catholic Community will gather in the Crypt Church of the Basilica…

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 26

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Solemn Mass of the…

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

June 8 - June 9

We extend a heartfelt invitation for you to join us as the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage comes to America’s Catholic Church.…

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

June 9

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. Saturday,…

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 16

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saturday, June 15 Time: Location and…

Heritage Talk: Music of the Eucharist

June 20 @ 5:15 pm

Easter Sunday 2024 marked the centennial anniversary of the celebration of the first Public Mass held inside the National Shrine.…

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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.