July 5, 2015

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Kind of a quick post today, mainly because I don't have many pictures from our visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Yeah, that name is a mouthful.) Sometimes you just feel like taking a place in instead of worrying about capturing it on camera. But just because I don't have many pictures, that doesn't mean this church isn't incredible. Actually, incredible is a massive understatement.

This church is one of the largest churches in the world - in the top 10 to be more exact. And the inside is so awe-inducing. You walk in, and your mouth drops. Having been to a few countries in Europe, I've seen some old buildings with fascinating architecture. This church rivals all of it; it's America's way of competing with European architecture and design. And, yes, it competes quite well.

Another cool fact about this church, it is made completely of stone, brick, tile, and mortar. As in there is absolutely no steel structural support, which is crazy to think about if you've seen this place and know a little about construction. I'd definitely recommend a visit here if you're in the DC area. It's so expansive and impressive; it will leave you speechless.

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