Pope John Paul II Shrine & Cultural Center
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The largest Catholic house of worship in North America can host 6000 worshippers. (Some might say that’s when the building is at...
This honey-colored compound leaps out like an unexpected religious slap from the surrounding parkland and residential row houses. Also...
The Shaw neighborhood is as defined by Howard University as Georgetown is by her titular school. Founded in 1867, this remains the...
The only truly cutting-edge dance space in the capital is tucked away up in Northeast DC. It’s run by five resident modern-dance...
‘This is East Coast jazz,’ says the owner behind the counter. ‘No one listens to this anymore.’ Another song comes up; The Drifters....
Pope John Paul II Shrine & Cultural Center information
Lonely Planet review
An adjunct for many devotees who visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, this modernist-style structure is an unexpected setting for a museum of the Catholic Church. Galleries explore the history of the church, personal faith, and its relation to science, community and social service. At the time of writing, the center was undergoing renovation, with the building open on a limited basis while new exhibits are being developed. The center is about a quarter mile north of the basilica on Harewood Rd.