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Catholic Shrines & Places of Interest in Washington, D.C.

Nestled between the states of Maryland and Virginia (both of which donated land for the District in 1790), the capitol of the U.S. draws millions of visitors each year.

In addition to the many museums and cultural attractions here, you will find the following places of special interest to Catholics. And many of these Catholic institutions are in a small area known as Brookland, which has earned the nickname “Little Rome”.   In the early days of the country, when anti-Catholicism existed to a greater or lesser extent, it became a place of refuge for area Catholics. Of course that has changed now, but the institutions remain, and as you can tell from the map below, they are all within walking distance of one another.

Some of the major Catholic shrines & places of interest in Washington, D.C.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement Washington Retreat House

Saint Anselm’s Abbey

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Saint Mary Mother of God Parish

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

In addition to those sites listed above, you will also find:

The Archdiocese of Washington Retreat House, Catholic University of America, Providence Hospital, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Missionary Fathers of La Salette House of Studies, and the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin Matará and the Archdiocese for the military services USA.

Plus a few more retreat houses and convents!

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