Fodor's Expert Review Basilica of St. Lawrence

Downtown Asheville Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

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. Self-guided tours are available any time the church is open (free brochures are available in the vestibule or from the basilica's website). Groups of five or more can request a 25- to 45-minute guided tour by filling out the form on the church's website at least a week in advance.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical Fodor's Choice Family

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97 Haywood St.
Asheville, North Carolina  28801, USA

828-252–6042

www.saintlawrencebasilica.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, donations requested, Closed for tours during masses and other church events

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