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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  • The Sunday 10am mass is the most welcoming, and most uplifting catholic mass you will ever attend, and as it's televised every week, the music is spectacular. Plenty of free parking, a quaint restaura...  more »
  • The stained glass and the carvings are lovely. The interior a wonder. The outside garden an unexpected delight.  more »
  • This was a beautiful Cathedral. We went to listen to the annual fourth of July Concert. It was fabulous!! If you're in DC on July 4th this is a must see/listen! Beautiful, stirring music in a beautifu...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Allow several hours to explore everything. Lots of nooks and crannies to check out. We visited for 3 hours and we didn't get to see any of the outdoor sites like the bishop's garden. I highly recommend the behind the scenes tour. 90 minutes of off limits areas of the cathedral. The tour was expensive but money well spent to get closer to the windows. Lots of earthquake damage. Support the cathedral to preserve the landmark for future generations.
  • The Washington National Cathedral is an incredible space. It is filled with reverence and one cannot help but visited with aw. The facility itself is massive and the Grand and speaks to an arrow when people still cared and invested in the construction of churches and places of worship. It is simply magnificent. The facility is protected by the police who are an excellent group of people. Very intelligent and very professional. The only negative about visiting is the lack of parking in the area. Parking can be purchased in the underground garage, or you can park a ways away and walk.
  • Walk one floor down and discover chambers, havens open to the public. Every element appears to have been designed to be beautiful, ornate, majestic. And the church has some very open minded and modern ideas. There is a quiet room for prayer and reading one floor beneath the main entrance, and you do have to wander a bit to find it, but it is a haven of peace and I would recommend experiencing the space. Also, take an elevator to the seventh floor and check out the views along the perimeter. Breathtaking experience.
  • Inspiring architecture. The stained glass windows are beautiful and diverse in their styles. We heard part of an organ concert, and loved the acoustics. There was an art exhibit throughout the crypt exploring contemporary issues of racism. We also walked in the gardens and enjoyed different dimensions of the cathedral. Spend time here and let your senses be filled!
  • Took my 14 y/o grandson to DC. Highlight of trip for him was Nationals game. His favorite thing to do was ride bikes places. One place that was #2 of favorite places was the national cathedral. Very friendly people, inexpensive, amazing architecture.

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