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Now the Vatican has designated for the region a second basilica, this time a 223-year-old congregation in Northern Virginia whose first donor was George Washington.
While not adorned with the bronze chandeliers and sacred paintings that bedeck the basilica, the 650-seat theater is equipped with top-of-the-line acoustics.
We were relieved to find that once inside the vastness of the basilica — the vaults of the central nave soar to 150 feet — the multitude of visitors dwindled.
The bishop of Lourdes, Nicolas Brouwet announced the declaration during Mass at the shrine’s basilica.
This restored Benedictine monastery was destroyed in WWII; today, its ornate basilica attracts crowds of pilgrims.
After his death just five years later, the paintings were inventoried simply as depictions of the basilica and square without any mention of the poor abbe.
Many were embalmed but some were naturally mummified by the dry conditions of the basilica.
At the start of the service, Francis bent over to kiss a statue of the baby Jesus in the basilica.
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From their noun basileus, meaning “king,” the Greeks derived the adjective basilikos meaning “royal.” In ancient Thera there was a public building called “Basilike stoa,” or Royal portico, and it may have been the prototype of later Roman basilicas. The first of these was built in 184 ce, and by the time of Augustus, there were five basilicas in the vicinity of the forum. They were used for public assembly, transacting business, and judicial proceedings. When the first Christian churches were built, they were often modeled after the civil basilicas.
Origin and Etymology of basilica
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Definition of basilica for English Language Learners
: a large church that has a long central part that ends in a curved wall
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