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Baltimore, Maryland: the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


About Baltimore, Maryland:

Maryland..or Mary’s Land…was founded by Catholics, and yet they suffered from discrimination up until the American revolution.  Under English rule, Roman Catholics could not vote or hold office and Mass was only allowed if celebrated in private homes.

The construction of the Cathedral was an effort to put the Catholic church on the map in the U.S. after the American Revolution. Construction took 15 years, from 1806-1821, and was the first Cathedral in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution.  John Carroll was country’s first bishop and went on to become Archbishop of Baltimore (his tomb is here in the Cathedral). He was a cousin of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


About the Basilica of The Assumption in Baltimore:

Often called “The Baltimore Basilica”, it has had, among many visitors, Pope John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

The Basilica offers guided tours, that include the exhibit area, which has many artifacts dating back to the 17th Century.

Traveling to the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore :

Address: 409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

GPS coordinates: 39° 17′ 40.6212” N, 76° 36′ 59.8248” W

Tel:    +1 (410) 727-3565          Fax: +1 (410) 539-0407

e-mail: use contact form on their website.

Click here for the official website of the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, Maryland.

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