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Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC
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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. Plan your visit to Washington National Cathedral and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Washington DC vacation trip planner.
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  • We came on a Sunday around 1 pm when entrance was free. Entrance is free after 1 pm. In the morning, there are services. On the other days of the week, there is an entrance fee. We also went to the 7t...  more »
  • By far one of the best places to tour. So much history in this building and it has some of the most beautiful views in DC. The building is air conditioned! There are guided tours or you can walk aroun...  more »
  • It's in the suburban area but easily accessible by bus. Part of it is still doing renovation. Take the elevator to the top and have a good view of the buildings around. Nice architecture! 
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  • God truly gave the Architects and construction workers a gift. Everything from the design to the building structure is made with perfection. There is so much to see , from the individual chapels, to the respect of the tombs, the 7th floor with views of virginia and maryland, this cathedral is out of this world.
  • Beautiful building both inside and out! The architecture is stunning and the stories behind it are fascinating. Listen closely on the tours, and be sure to take some time afterwards to really soak in everything around you. Regardless of ones religion, this is a building to be appreciated and respected.
  • Volunteers guided our 8th Grade tour group through the Cathedral with intelligence and ease. A beautiful presentation of history!
  • 12 usd pp to visit a cathedral. .. + 6 to 11 usd for the parking while everything else in in DC is free . Most cathedrals are free in the world and there are much better ones than this one.
  • The Washington National Cathedral is a slice of Europe in NW DC. Unlike the old European cathedrals, this one is newer (It was finished in the 90s I believe), but it still has the same awe appeal as the European cathedrals. Before the earthquake in 2011, it was free to visit, but since the damages from the earthquake cost millions, visitors now must pay $11 "suggested" donation. Once inside, you can explore the cathedral (Note: It's not catholic, but Episcopal). Each stain glass window is unique and tells a story and if you catch the sun at the right time, the colorful display against the Indiana limestone is gorgeous. A few key things to see: Make sure you go up to the other floors of the cathedral to look down on the sanctuary and for a great view of Washington, DC. Also, be sure to see Woodrow Wilson and his wife's grave inside the main floor. He's the only US president to be buried in DC (He was an elder at the cathedral). If you want a DC adventure, sign up to do the bell tower climb. It's a great, unique DC experience.