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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 256 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A fun visit of a spectacular building. Definitely worth taking a tour guide as you learn much more about the building and the contents. The stained glass windows are spectacular, the building quite impressive.

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San Diego, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was here on 10/21/14 and I paid $16 for myself and my senior father. I was excited to show him the cathedral only to be disappointed to see 75% of the ceiling and 50% of the side chapel areas closed due to scaffolding. I understand they are undergoing long term repairs due to the 2011 earthquake but the limited... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
75 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We went in the evening as I had arranged to play the massive organ. The building is most impressive and everyone very friendly. It is a bit of a trek subway to Tumbletown and then bus 96, 32, 34, 36 but it's worth it!

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Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is worth a visit at sunset, the stained glass windows decorate the interior then. It is even more enjoyable if you can catch a concert there. Leave time for the gardens.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The architecture is beautiful and the moon window is my favorite, but for all of the interesting things to see you have to pay for expensive tours. Admission is paid now, which is unfortunate, but you still don't get much for the door charge. The behind the scenes tour was very cool, but again expensive. Best value is to visit... More

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Massillon, Ohio, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Very interesting to tour the cathedral. It is a beautiful building and worth the time. The price is $10 per person and the self guided map for the tour is a little difficult to follow.

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Selinsgrove
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Absolutely beautiful! A must see if you have the chance. I had not visited since I was a little girl. We went on the formal tour, and the guide was very informative. Loved viewing the stained glass, and just wandering around to the other areas. Everyone there was very helpful. I cannot wait to go back and maybe take the... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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118 reviews 118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The Washington National Cathedral is an absolutely gorgeous historic landmark. Both the architecture and the artwork make this a lovely place to visit. You can purchase admission for a self guided tour, or pay more for a guided tour. Honestly, unless you like seeing the sites with a large group of strangers, do the self-guided option. The Cathedral does an... More

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Midland, Texas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a beautiful place. Very ornate and just a must see in DC. There are so many things about this Cathedral that has so much meaning. It just overwhelms you. Another must go and see place.

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We arrived just as the formal tours ended, but they welcomed us and let us wander for no charge. (We left the equal donation though.) Chorus was warming up for evensong, which added to the atmosphere. Stunning stained glass; my favorite was the one of the cosmos. Interesting needlepoint throughout, so textiles fans will be happy. And lots of history--look... More

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