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Basilica of St. Lawrence

View of chapel from center of main sanctuary

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A collaboration of Biltmore House–head architect Richard Sharp Smith and the Spanish engineer-architect Rafael Gustavin, this elaborate Catholic basilica was completed in 1909. It follows a Spanish-Renaissance design, rendered in brick and polychrome tile, and has a large, self-supporting dome with Catalan-style vaulting. Groups of five or more can request a guided tour by filling out the form on the church's website; walk-in, self-guided tours are available any time the church is open (free brochures available in vestibule).

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  • Address: 97 Haywood St., Downtown, Asheville, NC, 28801 | Map It
  • Phone: 828/252–6042
  • Cost: Free, donations requested
  • Hours: Daily, hours vary
  • Website:
  • Location: Asheville
Updated: 11-07-2012

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    I had a Mass there at the Basilica of St. Lawrence - the pipe organ was neither too loud or too soft, the service was friendly, and the artwork and architecture were awesome to the details. Every Catholic must visit this church!

    by talfonso, 11/27/09

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