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Brookland is a neighborhood in northeast Washington DC.


The major attraction in Brookland centers around Catholic University, sometimes known as the "Little Vatican" for all its major Catholic institutions, as well as the National Shrine.


In 1887, the Roman Catholic Church purchased land as the site for The Catholic University of America (CUA). The presence of Catholic University attracted many other Catholic organizations and institutions to the area.

The neighborhood is named after Colonel Jehiel Brooks, who acquired 150-acres in the area via his marriage to Ann Margaret Queen, daughter of prominent Marylander Nicholas Louis (Lewis) Queen.

Get in[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

For more information on riding the Metrorail in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get_around.

The Red line stops at Brookland-CUA.

By bus[edit]

The following are the main bus routes operating in this area, along with links to timetables and route maps. For more information on riding buses in Washington DC, see Washington DC#Get_around.

  • G8 operates through Brookland to Metrorail stations in Shaw and the West End.


The National Shrine

Little Vatican[edit]

The courtyard at Mount St Sepulchre
  • 1 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave NW, +1 202 526-8300, fax: +1 202 526-8313. 1 April-31 Oct: 7AM-7PM daily, 1 Nov-31 March: 7AM-6PM daily; tours: M-Sa 9AM-3PM, Su 1:30PM-3:30PM (tours start on the hour). This massive, stunning basilica is worth a pilgrimage not just for American Catholics; people of any faith will be in awe at its sheer size, the largest house of worship in North America, and its vast collection of contemporary sacred art. Built entirely by traditional methods, it seamlessly blends architectural styles from different periods over the last 2,000 years. Tours: free. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Wikipedia Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Q82387) on Wikidata
  • 2 Mount St Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St NE, +1 202 526-6800. Grounds: 10AM-5PM daily (Catacombs visits require tour), tours: M-Sa 10AM, 11AM, 1PM-3PM, Su 1PM-3PM (tours start on the hour). The Franciscan Monastery is home to a magnificent Italianate church and flower gardens, ringed by a Rosary Portico of 15 chapels with the Angelic Greeting written in 200 languages. The lower gardens are more kitschy— the monastery's founders, in the late nineteenth century, set out to create a Holy Land in America, and commissioned the construction of replicas of overseas holy sites, including the Roman Catacombs, The Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, the Grotto of the Nativity, and other assorted reproductions. A fine place to stroll, read, and contemplate. Free, donations encouraged. Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery on Wikipedia Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery (Q4301480) on Wikidata
  • 3 Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Rd NE, +1 202 635-5400. Mo-Sa 10AM-5PM. Elevated to a national shrine in 2014, this Knights of Columbus-operated center offers exhibits on the life, legacy, and teaching of Pope St. John Paul II and on the Catholic heritage of North America. There is a weekday veneration service for a first-class relic, a piece of the blood-stained cassock worn by the pontiff when he was shot on May 13, 1981. Suggested donation: $5. Saint John Paul II National Shrine on Wikipedia Pope John Paul II Cultural Center (Q7229193) on Wikidata


  • Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE (At Kearney St), +1 202 269-1600. A DC institution that offers drop-in dance classes and occasional dance performances.



There are several fast casual restaurants such as Chipotle, Potbelly's, & Pizza, and Chick-fil-a between the Metrorail station and Catholic University.


  • Menomale, 2711 12th St NE (between Evarts St & Franklin St), +1 202 248-3946. A very popular pizza / calzone / sandwich shop.
  • San Antonio Grill, 3908 12th St NE (between Quincy St & Randolph St), +1 202 832-8080. Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. A nice Tex-Mex restaurant with Mexican food far above the local average, as well as a few Salvadoran and Cuban entries (try the Cuban masitas de puerco). The margaritas have quickly become famous, not just for being tasty, but also for being extremely large. $8-25.


  • Brookland's Finest, 3126 12th St NE (between Irving St & Jackson St), +1 202 636-0050. A family-friendly establishment with a modern-industrial theme and a nice outdoor patio.
  • Steel Plate, 3523 12th St NE (between Monroe St & Newton St), +1 202 290-2310. Features a unique menu that includes specialties such as duck tacos and shrimp burgers.





  • Brookland Inn, 3742 12th St NE, +1 202 467-6777. This well-kept, all-suites B&B is a great value! Each suite has a bedroom, private bath, kitchen, and living room. On the main commercial strip in the neighborhood. One-bedroom: $150, two-bedroom: $250, extended stay rates available.


Most restaurants and cafes offer free WiFi.

Public libraries[edit]

Computer terminals are available for free use at the public libraries:

Go next[edit]

  • Petworth is a short bus ride away and has more nightlife options
  • Capitol Hill is only a few stops away on the Metrorail
Routes through Brookland
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