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Washington, DC: Largest Catholic Church - Mortal Combat Jesus

Largest Catholic church in America with tours and a gift shop, and a done-turning-cheeks Jesus on the ceiling.

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Ave., Northeast, Washington, DC
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, campus of the Catholic University of America.
Free, Donations Accepted.
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Largest Catholic Church - Mortal Combat Jesus

Basilica located on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Largest Catholic church in America, and full of brightly colored ceiling mosaics, stained glass windows, and chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary, patroness of various countries. Guided or self-guided tours. Also includes a large Catholic-themed bookstore and a cafeteria.

Huge and free and worth a stop, and close to the Franciscan monastery (replica catacombs).

[Paige, 07/01/2010]

Note - we added the title "Mortal Combat Jesus." This mosaic's done turning cheeks!

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