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Basilic of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Basilic of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The National Shrine
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


Structure in General

existing [completed]
light brown


church (roman catholic)


  • The National Shrine is the largest Roman Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth largest in the world. It measures a total of 459 feet long and covers an area of 77,500 square feet.
  • The tower is called "Knights' Tower" because it was built with a donation from the Knights of Columbus.
  • This is the third-largest church in the United States, after only the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (or Washington National Cathedral), across the city.
  • The National Shrine contains Pope Paul VI's coronation tiara, of which he relinquished shortly after assuming the role of pope.
  • This cathedral is done in a hybrid combination style of Byzantium-Romanesque. This church is facaded in limestone.

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400 Michigan Avenue NE
3901 Harewood Road NE
400 Michigan Avenue NE
District of Columbia

Technical Data

329.00 ft
329.00 ft
459.01 ft

Involved Companies

Maginnis & Walsh
Frederick V. Murphy

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