American Byzantine

American Byzantine follows the creation of a remarkable new work of art, the 38-ton marble relief, The Universal Call to Holiness.

Designed by American artist George Carr and carved in Italy, the work now adorns the rear wall of the largest Catholic church in the western hemisphere, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

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American Byzantine follows the creation of a remarkable new work of art, the 38-ton marble relief, The Universal Call to Holiness.

Designed by American artist George Carr and carved in Italy, the work now adorns the rear wall of the largest Catholic church in the western hemisphere, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

The Shrine is a uniquely American church that combines both the art and architecture reminiscent of ancient Byzantium with more than 60 smaller ethnic chapels that honor the faith of millions of America's immigrants.

American Byzantine tells the story of the building of the Shrine and its connection to America in the 20th century. It also gives the viewer a glimpse of the inspiration for the Shrine, a few of the mysteries of Byzantium - Istanbul's Hagia Sophia and the astonishing mosaics of Ravenna, Italy.

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About Journey Films

Journey Films was founded in 1983 by award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier as a television and film production company specializing in religion, faith and spirituality. Journey Films has produced more than 30 documentary films that have aired on PBS, ABC, NBC, the BBC and on broadcast outlets around the world. Journey’s films have been translated into more than a dozen languages. In all, Journey Films have won six Gabriel Awards for the nation’s best film on a topic of religion, three awards at the US International Film and Television Festival, the Sun Valley Film Festival and many others.

About Martin Doblmeier

Martin Doblmeier holds degrees in Religious Studies, Broadcast Journalism and honorary degrees in Fine Arts and Humane Letters. Since 1984 he has produced and directed more than 30 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality. Martin combines a lifelong interest in religion with a passion for storytelling. Over the years he has traveled on location to more than forty countries to profile numerous religious leaders, spiritual communities, heads of state and Nobel Laureates. His films explore how belief can lead individuals to extraordinary acts, how spirituality creates and sustains communities and how faith is lived in extraordinary ways.

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