Holiday Photos: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


Below are photos of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, taken in the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 holiday seasons. To those of the Catholic faith, “the Basilica is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.” There are multiple religious services every day, and numerous small chapels for quiet contemplation. For non-Catholics like me, this historic church is worth visiting for the beautiful art and architecture – perhaps the most beautiful building in DC. It is especially pretty around Christmas, with trees and lights everywhere, an exhibit of children’s artwork depicting the Nativity, and a gingerbread model of the building.

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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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