Monday, June 29, 2015

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception





The Neo-Byzantine shrine is the largest Catholic church in the United States, and the tallest habitable building in Washington, D.C.  The basilica is designated both as the national and patronal Catholic Church of the United States, honoring the Virgin Mary, under the title Immaculate Conception, by which Pope Pius XI donated a mosaic of the same image in 1923.




The colourful, glittering artworks on the walls and ceilings are mosaic, made up of 2.5 million pieces of glass in more than 1,000 colors.  Real hard work.

 "Through visual scenes, people contemplate what's going on, and hopefully that will lead them to reflection and prayer. We're a people who need to see things." ~Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, the rector of the shrine.

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