Basilica of Saint Lawrence

97 Haywood St Asheville

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Basilica of Saint Lawrence

Designed and built in 1905 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino along with his fellow architect R. S. Smith, the Basilica of Saint Lawrence belongs to the Roman Catholic Church in downtown Asheville. Pope John Paul II elevated the status of the church to minor basilica in 1933 and today it is the only basilica in western North Carolina. Its dome is known as the largest and elliptical one in North America. The architectural style is Catalan, except for the foundation and brick walls.

It is open daily from 7:30 AM to 5 PM on weekdays for visits and the Mass times are Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 9 am, noon and 5 pm in Spanish. However, if you want a guided tour you can schedule it online by filling a form. You can do it for companies, organizations, schools and private groups.

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Also, there is a gift shop where you can buy your souvenirs and get religious items like medals, bibles, candles and in general, gifts for sacramental occasions. It is typically open on Saturdays from 6 to 6:30 pm and Sundays from 10 to 10:30 am, 1 to 1:30 pm and 6 to 6:30 pm.

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