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Cathedrals and Churches

Cathedrals and Churches of Washington, D.C.

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Street and Michigan Avenue, NE

Measuring 459 feet long and covering an area of 77,500 square feet, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is among the 10 largest churches in the world. It also stands as the largest Catholic Church in the United States beckoning hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims each year. The building is a combination of beautiful architecture, chapels, and stained-glass windows.

Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday.


Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Contained within the walls of this 14th century-style Gothic cathedral, designed by Pierre L'Enfant, are gardens, shops, and an observation gallery that offers a spectacular view of Washington.  

Guided tours are available by appointment only.




The Smithsonian Institution provides visitors to Washington with culture, history, and heritage with museums, events, and festivals.  Visit their Web site for more information.  (this will take you outside senate.gov)


DC Heritage

The D.C. Heritage Tourism Coaltion is dedicated to showcasing the cultural attractions and special events in Washington to visitors from across the globe.  Go to their site for more information (this will take you outside www.senate.gov).



Washington.org is the perfect site for visitors new to Washington, D.C.  Check out their site! (this will take you outside senate.gov)



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