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Washington National Cathedral

Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW, Entrance on Wisconsin Ave., Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
202 537 6207
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Ranked #17 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilsons funeral and a... more » Owner description: This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilsons funeral and a prayer vigil for American hostages during the Iranian crisis. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Gothic, with moon rocks. Don't miss the stained glass window with a moon rock embedded in it, or the Darth Vader gargoyle. A beautiful space, whether you're religious or not. Also full of history. Dr. King spoke from the pulpit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a quiet place to relax and enjoy gothic architecture. This also has the best view in Washington DC and it isn't as crowded as the Washington Monument or the tourist sites downtown! For a small donation, you can come in here and really enjoy something special. The observation deck hours are not as convenient as some of the... More

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Morehead, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

What a gorgeous cathedral. The windows alone were beautiful. But add in the gothic architecture and what a. Marvelous building. One of my favorite rooms was the children's prayer room. The kneeling pads are embroidered with animals and child like pictures and really showed me that although the building is visited by many tourists each day, it is an active... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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115 reviews 115 reviews
75 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

nice place to visit. there are better places to visit in the city. unknown if the bell tower tours are open (post earthquake damage), might be something worthwhile to look into

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Miami Beach, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't loose your time here. It is a big big church. But nothing more. And to add insult to injury the charge you $10 to visit? On the city that gives you more free museums than any other? And it is out of the way although coming back to the city by bicycle was a great idea!

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New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A wonderful space with a soaring feel. Music is delightful and organist was a star. Would love to attend servics there again.

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New York CIty
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stopped here after visiting the Zoo... glad we did... walking up to it is impressive enough but the inside is so beautiful. We visit churches on vacation if there are in area ... so it was nice to see one where there were so many chapels... make sure you visit the chapels downstairs (staircase is in the back of church... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We attended and toured on a Sunday. We got a very special tour from a lady from our home state of ND. Repair work is still in progress following the earthquake two years ago.

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Miami, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

really worth the visit especially since its recent repair and cleaning - this building is a beautiful example of grand ecclesistical architecture and a great complement to a trip to the zoo or Georgetown

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Columbus, Ohio
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Have been to DC area more than 10 times and had never been here before, now it will always be a part of any return trip. Very beautiful and full of history, from a statue of Abraham Lincoln to a piece of Mount Sinai to a cross made from the wreckage of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, it's a... More

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