Saint John Paul II National Shrine
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
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3900 Harewood Rd NE · interesting places nearby
Saint John Paul II National Shrine information
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 shrine to Karol Wojtyla, the Polish lad who went on to became Pope John Paul II and eventually a saint. Exhibits feature photos, videos and papal relics (like a vial of his blood).
The Knights of Columbus operate the site, which is undergoing renovations, including the addition of a 500-seat devotional chapel. It's about a quarter mile north of the basilica on Harewood Rd.