Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Modeled on English medieval-style churches, Washington National Cathedral represents one of the largest cathedrals in the United States and the world. Originally begun in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the final piece was finally placed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, and accents and decorative work continued for even longer. Of particular note in the church is the organ, constructed of more than 8,000 pipes. Look for the grave of President Woodrow Wilson. Consult the cathedral's schedule if you'd like to attend an Episcopal religious service. To visit Washington National Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC travel route planner.
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  • Beautiful garden and nice tranquil place to visit in Northwest DC. The grounds are a true treasure and is a very desirable environment for young ones and senoirs. There is a coffee / small bistro....  more »
  • I haven’t been here since college and it was just as fantastic as I remember. Other than Arlington, this is my favorite thing about our Nation’s Capitol! It’s definitely worth it to visit. Take your.....  more »
  • Was glad to visit now that is open to the public after the damage from an earthquake in 2011. The chapels in the lower level are very nice, individual and intimate, as are the ones to the right and...  more »
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  • There are no words to describe how beautiful and breathtaking the Washington National Cathedral is. Peaceful atmosphere, bells ringing for the perfect ambience, stunning architecture... Beautiful gardens with benches to sit down and relax. The surroundings are gorgeous as well. We really enjoyed our time here and the overall experience was great!
  • What can I say! The most magnificent place I have ever seen. The individual chapel's each had a story. They were setting up for a wedding while I was with Eagle Rock tours. Can you imagine a bride walking down that aisle?
  • Came for a morning service with my fiance. We felt very welcomed. Inclusive and friendly environment where you will feel very comfortable. The building itself is beautiful and well worth visiting. The windows are particularly impressive. Easy to park here and it was free for the service. Whether you go to worship, or just enjoy the architechture, this is a great place to visit while in the DC area.
  • It's the National Cathedral, so you'll want to scratch it off of your to-see list. It's a pretty church, on par with a lot of European cathedrals (although less ornate, to be sure). I came here for Christmas Eve services a few years ago and it was a phenomenal experience. Charging $12 a head to see the inside of a cathedral, however, is a bit steep. Most of the great churches of Europe do not charge you a dime to see the inside.
  • No words can describe the Cathedral. There is so much Beauty and History. Included with the ticket purchased at the entrance is a tour that I highly recommend, very informative. I will make sure and visit the Cathedral when I am in the area again.

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