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Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Baltimore  +14107273565 

The historic Baltimore Basilica, built from 1806-1821, was the first great metropolitan cathedral constructed in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution. America’s First Cathedral, officially known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, quickly became a symbol of the country’s newfound religious freedom.Two prominent Americans guided the Basilica’s design and architecture: John Carroll, the country’s first bishop, later Archbishop of Baltimore, and cousin of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, father of American architecture, and Thomas Jefferson’s Architect of the Capitol.

Open Hours
The Basilica is open from 7:00am until 4:00pm, Monday-Friday; and from 7:00am until the conclusion of the 5:30pm Mass on Saturday and the 4:30pm Mass on Sunday. The Basilica Gift Shop is open from 10:00am until 3:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday; and 12:00pm until 3:00pm on Sunday. The Rectory and Historic Trust Offices are open from 9:00am until 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
Monday-Friday, 7:30 am and 12:10 pm; Saturday, 5:30 pm; Sunday, 8 am, 10:45 am, 4:30 pm.

Hours for Confession
Saturday: 4:45-5:15 pm; Sunday: 3:45-4:15 pm; Monday-Friday: 11:30 am-12 noon.

Other Information
The Basilica Museum houses hundreds of artifacts and antiques, dating back to the 17th Century. Items include the tabernacle once kept by the family of John Carroll in their chapel, Cardinal Gibbons’ 1884 Third Plenary Council vestments, the chasuble worn by St. John Paul II for his public Mass at Camden Yards in 1995, letters between various Presidents and Archbishops, and altar vessels.


409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, United States of America