Are you in Washington, D.C. wondering how to spend your time? After all, many of the museums and monuments are closed because of the government shutdown. I've got a great idea for you. Visit The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
It is one of the largest Roman Catholic Churches in the world and it is the largest in the United States. The artwork and Byzantine-Romanesque architecture could keep you mesmerized for hours.
Intricate massive mosaics, stone sculptures, and polished marble grace over 75,000 square feet.
The history of the Basilica is fascinating. It began as a dream in the mid 19th century and did not come to fruition until the mid 20th century. The idea for it was born out of a desire to have a Cathedral here in the United States that would rival those around the world. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception fulfills this dream and yet it is not a replica of any Cathedral in Europe or elsewhere.
It's unique sacred art and architecture set it apart as America's "Preeminent Marion Shrine" and our nation's Catholic Church.
So, spend some time in the Basilica. Take a tour. Read about its history. Embrace the fabulous art and architecture of this remarkable church.