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The Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
4th & Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the nation's preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States-the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.
Byzantine-Romanesque in style, its massive, one-of-a-kind superstructure is home to over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the fabric of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation. The Basilica also houses the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art on earth.
Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Established in 1840, St. Matthew's originally was located at 15th and H Streets, N.W. Construction of the present church began in 1893 under the direction of Monsignor Thomas Sim Lee. The first Mass was celebrated on June 2, 1895. The church was dedicated in 1913 and designated a cathedral in 1939 when the Archdiocese of Washington was established.
The Cathedral is one of the most impressive houses of worship in the United States. Designed by noted New York architect C. Grant La Farge, the Cathedral has been cited "as [having] one of the most beautiful church interiors of modern times." Its walls are laden with shimmering mosaics suggestive of those found in the renowned churches of Ravenna, Italy. The Cathedral is in the form of a Latin cross 155 feet long and 136 feet wide at the transepts. The interior of the dome rises 190 feet. The body of the Cathedral seats about 1,000 persons.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy St., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
Mount St. Sepulchre is a Franciscan monastery and Commissariat of the Holy Land in America. Located in Washington, D.C. The Church and Monastery of Mount St. Sepulchre, designated a National Historic Site in 1991, have been a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands of visitors since the church's dedication in 1899.
Fr. Godfrey began the monastery the church.began in 1897 when he purchased the McCeeney Estate in Brookland near Washington, D.C.
Six pioneer brothers originally lived in the abandoned McCeeney house which had rotten floorboards and was overrun with rats. With the site purchased, Fr. Schilling soon engaged the well-known architect, Aristide Leonori (1856-1928), who would later design the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, to design and supervise the construction of the church and monastery. Leonori visited the Holy Land and took accurate measurements and photographs of the holy sites that were to be reproduced., ground was broken for a new building in February 1898 and the cornerstone was laid on the Feast of St. Joseph.
Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
4250 Harewood Rd. NE
Washington, DC 20017
The Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine was started when 1979. Pope John Paul II blessed the cornerstone of the Lower Church. The Great Upper Church of the National Shrine was completed in 2004.