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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  • August 13, 2017
    This is a must in your visit to Washington DC. There is a free tour guide or you can do a self tour. The stain glass is amazing (3 ea. 25' rose windows). Also, the leaded glass space window has a moon...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a truly gorgeous cathedral, more striking in person than photos can show. We just wanted to pop in and get an idea of the size and see the windows, we had our kids ages 7 & 10 with us on vacat...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Arrived on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and was informed upon entering that a group was to perform in about an hour but they presented information in a friendly and welcoming manner. Was able to self-...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral with both modern and classic touches (flying buttresses and gargoyles, overall design reflects classic European cathedrals, but then there is the Darth Vader gargoyle and large Outer Space themed stained glass window). We paid ~$20pp for entry and did the self tour - I loved the way that you could really explore the entire place on your own, very little is closed to the public - you can go right up to the main alter, choir area, side chapels; up to the 7 floor observation deck which has nice photos with labels detailing what you are seeing in the distance. Wish we had signed up for the tour & tea - the selection of teas and pastries looked yummy! Also has a nice gift shop and the walk around the grounds is very pleasant.
  • June 4, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral. Looks old but compared to European cathedrals it is very young. Great gardens. Very relaxing. We always sit on my parents favorite bench; even though I am an atheist I still love this place.
  • June 12, 2017
    What a gift our visit to the cathedral was! Our guide Andy, who has studied the cathedral since he was 7, provided a wealth of information on the stained glass windows, the design of the building and it's architect and, interesting stories about the folks who have influenced the church and the country! It is truly a masterpiece of a building!
  • July 1, 2017
    Awesome! Have to see and experience for yourself. Words cannot do it justice. The grandeur and craftsmanship is unbelievable.
  • July 4, 2017
    The annual Independence Day Concert is fantastic! It's free and open to the public, so arrive early for best seating choice.

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