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Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Unfortunately no metro line on the Hill and Cathedral is located far from the city centre, so you must have a March uphill to put. It's the sixth largest Kathedrakle in the world, who is considerably younger than the architectural style suggests. The location and the building itself are worth seeing.
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  • We attended the Acolyte Festival and then church the next day. The staff was very informed and helpful and the service was wonderful. 
  • This was as beautiful as many of the European cathedrals we have visited. It is part of the many hop on and off bus and trolley tours. I am so glad we made the effort to go. Our little one was interes...  read more »
  • What a beautiful, magnificent place of worship- tours are informative and interactive. Would recommend to anyone who needs something fun to do in DC. The Indiana limestone is magnificent! It's EVERYWHERE, from the giant columns to the decorated walls.
  • 8/7/16 arrived to the Cathedral @ 4:40p (closes at 5p per website) with our 12 year old son who wanted to say a prayer for his dying grandfather. Security guard A.Cox closed the door and rudely said we're closed. I said please can we just have 2 minutes? Our son wants to say a prayer for his grandfather who's been given last rites. He said I told you were closed. I said your denying this 12 year old prayer. He said I told you get out of here we're closed. My heart is still breaking for our son. To be denied such a small request for his grandfather:-(
  • 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.
  • Are we guilty of doing the same thing ISIS is criticized for - destroying art that represents something we no longer believe in or want to believe? All Americans are against slavery and it is a sad part of our history, however a few people have used the Southern flag to represent something wrong. For a Southerner the flag represents the South, not hatred. It is tragic that a few sick people use the Southern Flag to represent their hatred.
  • Love the stately majesty of the Cathedral. When I was a kid, you could tour the crypts, too, which was pretty cool. Seeing the burial places of people I had read about made them and their lives much more real for me. I wish they would reopen the crypts. The current focus on money is understandable, but a but distressing. Sometimes, it seems like it is NOT a house of prayer for all people, but a tourist trap for all currency. Still, I love the place.
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