Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC

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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  • We stopped here specifically to examine all the gargoyles on the cathedral. There is a cost to enter the church, but our group enjoyed the exterior just fine. We had an expert guide who pointed out so...  more »
  • Beautiful Cathedral in Gothic style, with exterior notably copied of Notredame de Paris. Inside, however, distinctive features that are explained by, gentlemen volunteers who are always with a smile on her face. For me, I grew up in Catholic family, was also curious to observe an episcopal environment, lighter and calmer than the churches with which I was familiar.
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  • The Washington National Cathedral is an absolute gem and a must see when visiting DC! The adjacent gardens are equally impressive.  more »
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  • Fantastic visit! Gorgeous cathedral with a fascinating story and wonderful guides. Take the guided tour, you'll learn so much more than going around on your own. Give yourself a couple of hours here to view all of the chapels, and spaces. Take the gargoyle tour if you can too! I've been here a few times and it's better every time.
  • Absolutely awesome cathedral. I had no idea there were such cathedrals outside Europe. Very authentic, somehow, yet very young. I did the Behind the Scenes tour, which is a bit steeply priced at a $15 extra, but it is so cool to go through all those doors that say, "Access Denied"! Don't forget to check out the basement - it houses 3 additional, beautiful chapels. The guides were very knowledgeable and knew how to tell a good story. Awesome!
  • This cathedral is beautiful inside and outside. Its building is majestic and imposing. On the seventh floor is the observatory. There was a display of cribs of the baby Jesus from different countries. The stained glass windows and floors are beautiful. I recommend visiting this site in Washington DC and you have to pay to do the tour, students and teachers are half price and adults $ 12.I took a lot of photos.
  • Absolutely breathtaking! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kind. After the tour we spent another couple hours going up to the observation floor which was great. Downstairs there is additional works of christian art too. So much beautiful stained-glass and art from different time periods. This is a definite must-see when in D.C.
  • Pictures don’t do it justice! It is very nice to walk around and admire the architecture and artwork. $12 for adult admission. Nice view of DC from the 7th floor. But the main Nave is awesome to walk into! Plenty of street parking nearby on weekends.

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