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Wikipedia Description: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, also called the Baltimore Basilica, was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States, and was the first major religious building constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. As a co-cathedral, it is one of the seats of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. It is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture".
The Cathedral is a monumental neoclassical-style building situated on a hill overlooking Baltimore Harbor. It is designed in conformity to a Latin cross basilica plan — a departure on Latrobe’s part from previous American church architecture, but in keeping with longstanding European traditions of cathedral design. The plan unites two distinct elements: a longitudinal axis and a domed space.
The main facade is a classical Greek portico with Ionic columns arranged in double hexastyle pattern, immediately behind which rise a pair of dominating cylindrical towers. The exterior walls are constructed of silver-gray gneiss quarried near Ellicott City, Maryland. The crossing is occupied by a massive dome. Many consider the severe and beautifully proportioned outer structure of the building to be marred by the onion-shaped domes added to the two towers after Latrobe's death.
The exterior impression of a linear or oblong building dissolves upon entry where the dominant effect is one of a grand domed space. This interior reveals a sophisticated system of barrel vaults and shallow, saucer-like secondary domes.
Latrobe devised a double-shell dome over the heart of the church. For the inner dome he created a solid, classically detailed masonry hemisphere. Neat grids of plaster rosettes adorn its coffered ceiling. Fo ...More...
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) an American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on-route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.