Location of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington; the principal Patroness of the USA. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a prominent Roman Rite Catholic basilica located in Washington, united States of America, it opened unfinished in 1959 and currently hosts an estimated one million pilgrims each year. Honoring the National shrine of the immaculate conception Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception, by which Pope Pius XI donated a mosaic of the same image in 1923. The shrine is the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, one of the ten largest churches in the world, the basilica is not the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Washington as the Cathedral of St.
And the tallest habitable building in Washington, matthew the Apostle has served in this capacity since the creation of the archdiocese in 1939. The basilica is designated both as the national and patronal Catholic Church of the United States, and hosts numerous Masses for various organizations of the Church from across the United States. Honoring the Virgin Mary, the rector of the shrine is the Monsignor Walter R.
Under the title Immaculate Conception; who holds a Licentiate of Canon Law. The basilica is on Michigan Avenue in the northeast quadrant of Washington.