Basilica of the Assumption
409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD, USA
www.baltimorebasilica.org - (410) 727-3565
Basilica of the Assumption Baltimore Reviews
The First Roman Catholic Cathedral Built in the United States Jun 23, 2012
This religious attraction in Baltimore is a National Historic Landmark, the first Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the United States. Built between 1806-1821, it stands as a testimony of faith and a strong hold of spirituality for believers of the catholic faith.
The cathedral is beautiful inside and outside. We did not go on a guided tour as it was closing for the day, however tours are offered daily. On Saturdays, the cathedral admin asks that you call ahead if possible for the 2 scheduled tours of the day. Now it is okay to just go by, they will not turn you away, it is a sanctuary after all.
Daily masses held at the cathedral, so if you are around and about, you can attend mass. It has been a while since I went to mass. Even though I was born and raised Catholic, I do not go for mass as religiously as a devout catholic should. I do my prayers though and take my children to a non-denominational Bible Church.
I love Cathedrals, they are the one religious attraction I look to tour in any town, city or country I travel to. This particular Basilica reminds me of France and Italy. It was raised to the rank of the Basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1937 and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1969 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971. In 1993 a conference of catholic Bishops decided to vote it a National Shrine, thus making it the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Quite a mouth full, but this is the official name of the Basilica.
In 200 years, the Cathedral has been visited by innumerable people including the late Mother Teresa, late Pope John Paul II. Millions continue to visit it. I recommend you do, if you find yourself in Baltimore.
PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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