The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is dedicated to the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Seton. From the visitor center you can take a tour through the museum in order to learn about her life. The shrine also offers a guided tour of the grounds including a historic schoolhouse/living quarters and chapel. These buildings were constructed during Elizabeth Seton’s life in the 1700s and 1800s. The college used to be part of the tour, but it is now occupied by FEMA. At the end of the tour you will have the chance to see the Basilica.
Everything inside the Basilica is a work of art created by craftsmen and artisans in Italy and Germany. The glass doors at the front of the Basilica are etched with different designs. The Basilica floors and walls are made of seven different kinds of marble. The very top of the dome has a large oil painting surrounded by four murals. All of the windows are stained glass with vivid colors that you don’t see much anymore. There are also many statues on the walls and in the alcoves around the building. I didn’t expect any of this in such a small town!
Address: 333 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727