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Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore

Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore (must see)

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Baltimore Basilica, was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States, and was the first major religious building constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. As a co-cathedral, it is one of the seats of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore. It is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture".

The Cathedral is a monumental neoclassical-style building designed in conformity to a Latin cross basilica plan — a departure on Latrobe’s part from previous American church architecture, but in keeping with longstanding European traditions of cathedral design. The plan unites two distinct elements: a longitudinal axis and a domed space.

The main facade is a classical Greek portico with Ionic columns arranged in double hexastyle pattern, immediately behind which rise a pair of cylindrical towers. The exterior walls are constructed of silver-gray gneiss quarried near Ellicott City.

The interior is occupied by a massive dome at the crossing of the Latin cross plan, creating a centralizing effect which contrasts the exterior impression of a linear or oblong building. Surrounding the main dome is a sophisticated system of barrel vaults and shallow, saucer-like secondary domes. The light-filled interior designed by Latrobe was striking in contrast to the dark, cavernous recesses of traditional Gothic cathedrals.
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Sight Name: Basilica of the Assumption
Sight Location: Baltimore, USA
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Baltimore, Maryland

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baltimore is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baltimore Museums Walking Tour

Baltimore Museums Walking Tour

In just a few hours on your next trip to Baltimore, you can get a unique flavor of the history of the city at its great museums. There's Edgar Allan Poe House, the birthplace of American railroading at B & O Railroad Museum and celebrity dentures at the National Museum of Dentistry.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Baltimore Places of Worship Tour

Baltimore Places of Worship Tour

Baltimore has many beautiful places of worship, including several buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks. A number of different faiths are represented including Presbyterian, Methodist, Unitarian, Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic. Take our Places of Worship tour to see the most impressive churches in the city, which come in all different styles including Gothic revival,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour

Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour

This tour offers a great insight into the daily life of Baltimoreans. This tour will guide you to places where locals regularly go to pray, study, eat, shop, dance, and enjoy themselves. Get a sense of the inner energy of the city and see Baltimore how locals see it with our Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Baltimore Introduction Walk

Baltimore Introduction Walk

Maryland's main city and the birthplace of U.S. national anthem, Baltimore is rich in historic attractions reflecting its interesting and eventful past. As a major seaport, Baltimore is big not also in terms of maritime history (USS Constellation), but also as a home to the National Aquarium, showcasing an impressive collection of marine species.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Baltimore Architectural Walking Tour

Baltimore Architectural Walking Tour

There's no better way to witness Baltimore's rich history than by going to see its many wonderful buildings and other architectural sights. This tour includes Mount Vernon Place United and a historic district featuring houses built in the early 19th Century. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these places on your trip to Baltimore.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore has many great landmarks that reflect the city’s interesting and rich history. Many of these monuments are related to war due to Baltimore's key role in the War of 1812. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Constellation or admire amazing horse sculptures at the War Memorial.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles