The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 48 Martin Luther King Jr. SW is a historic attraction in downtown Atlanta closest to the Georgia State MARTA station. It is Atlanta’s first Catholic church, although the original structure is no longer standing, but did survive Sherman’s burning of Atlanta thanks to Father Thomas O’Reilly. Because the church was damaged during the Civil War, today’s structure was built on the site of the original church in 1872. A monument to O’Reilly is on site.

On MARTA, take a blue or green line train to the Georgia State station and use the Piedmont Avenue exit to leave the station. Turn left on Piedmont, walk a block and turn right on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Walking time is only five minutes.

You can also take any train to the Five Points MARTA station and walk the length of Underground Atlanta via the station entrance to Underground Atlanta near Peachtree Street. Follow the signs pointing to the Braves Shuttle and after exiting Underground near Johnny Rockets, turn right and the church will be on the next corner.

Nearby Destinations

Underground Atlanta
Georgia Capitol
Georgia Railroad Freight Depot

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