The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Baltimore Basilica, was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States, and was among the first major religious buildings constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. As a co-cathedral, it is one of the seats of the Catholic Archdiocese in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally it is a parish church (ranked minor basilica) and national shrine. It is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture".
The Basilica was constructed between 1806 and 1863 to a design of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America's first professionally trained architect and Thomas Jefferson's Architect of the U.S. Capitol. It was built under the guidance of the first American bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, John Carroll. The Basilica was blessed and opened for use on May 31, 1821, by the third Archbishop of Baltimore, Ambrose Maréchal. It was consecrated on May 25, 1876, by Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley.
Anne Chambers | Jan 26, 2018
A beautifully renovated and meticulously maintained Catholic Basilica. The surprise lower level basement area contains a rich history, historical photos and a museum like timeline, beautiful artifacts and religious statues, and another Chapel. I love the statue areas on the main floor honoring Mary and Saint Michael. Everyone is invited to appreciate this living piece of history, whether Christian or not, local or out of town. There is also a convenient parking garage around the corner and a very nice little shop next door. Makes a great venue for wedding services.
David Sexton | Jan 16, 2018
Beautiful basilica. Gorgeous singing at the 4:30 liturgy. Wish more parishes had a mass at that time. Also nice that father is in the confessional just before mass. Super inspiring homily - a tough but truthful call to perfection.
Kokoy Severino | Jan 27, 2018
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a magnificent historical structure. I went in a couple of times for my daily meditation pilgrimage on my way to or from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's national conference at the Baltimore Convention Center in January 2016. Something I didn't like is that a security guard told an elderly homeless woman to leave the building, who was sleeping in a pew seeking shelter from the frigid cold, and he didn't offer any information about where she could go...
Leonor Castel-Branco | Feb 19, 2018
This place is probably the most beautiful, historic and meaningful place in Baltimore city. Is located in the heart of the city, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. It is America's First Cathedral and that makes it such an historical place. This church is 200 years old. There are tour guides that give free tours of the Basilica and explain the whole thing. Besides the building itself there is beautiful Catholic liturgy and wonderful music. The 10.45 Mass on Sundays has a fantastic choir. The organ is still the original. The undercroft chapel downstairs is very old and beautiful too. There is a crypt with several bishops and cardinals burried there. The gift shop is also great, with very a nice offer of products. There is wheelchair accessible entrances and an elevator inside to help mobility. Sometimes there are very interesting speaker series and other events - they announce everything in the website and facebook page
Courtney Magill | Nov 6, 2017
Beautiful piece of history designed by one of the United States' first professional architects, Benjamin Latrobe. Neoclassical style architecture with a light and airy interior dominated by a gorgeous dome. A must-see for any architecture nerd like me.
Sean Mulligan | Mar 6, 2018
Absolutely beautiful! A great place to go to mass. Make sure to visit the crypt.
Nicholas Petrillo | Apr 25, 2018
America's first and Cathedral! Impressive to think about the history that has been made here. A simple building - not what one would expect, but designed intentionally to blend in with the Protestant culture of the time. The Basilica was restored within the past decade to return it to its original design, doing away with its 'gothification.' A simplistic beauty. Stop in and pray, you won't be disappointed.
ItsMikeLa WRX | Jun 16, 2018
The place is a must see! Very nice gentleman greeted us with information about the place. Make sure you go and see the basement
Folgers Forest | Jul 26, 2018
I'm not a Catholic but I love history and recommend everyone to visit. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate. 95% of the architecture and furnishings are original! This is not an easy feat considering it's over 200 years old. The crypt is open to the public as well. The staff don't disturb you while wandering, you have the Basilica to yourself.
Wander is a travel search engine that allows you to find the perfect travel destination that fits your budget and preferences.