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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 253 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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Cape May, NJ
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Cathedral for the Cathedral Highlights tour and Tea. It was wonderful. Our docent was amazing and she showed us so many things you never would have seen on a self guided tour. The Tea was lovely. And the view from the observation area on the 7th floor was stunning. We also visited the Bishops Garden and wandered... More

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marion, iowa
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20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I only had an hour but the wonderful guide (can't recall her name) was so knowledgeable and engaging I which I had more time. The building itself was still under repair from a recent earthquake it was a bit of a disappointment.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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132 reviews 132 reviews
57 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is located a few miles away from the city center but is easily accessible by bus. There is a $10 admission to get inside the cathedral - but once inside, you can take a free 40 minute tour with a docent to learn about the architecture, history and how they are fixing the damage from the 2011 earthquake.... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I take my school group each year to DC. Without question, the people at the National Cathedral are the least friendly, most rude, unkind people that we meet. They charge $175 (going up to $200) if you arrive on a bus, then refuse to let you go up to the observation tower - because you came in on a bus!... More

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Keedysville, Maryland, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This was one of my many visits to the National Cathedral. I usually attend on Sunday because I love the service. There isn't much that I can't say about the Cathedral. it's beautiful, holy and welcoming. The beauty is profound, with gorgeous windows, chapels and tapestries. The holiness is part of the awe you feel when you enter and see... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A must see if you are visiting DC. Beautiful architecture, lovely gardens....and make sure you go up in the elevator to get great views of the city. Lovely stained glass. Still standing strong even though the DC earthquake damaged a few of its spires. Reconstruction is well underway.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I don't like the new $10 admission fee. I use to enjoy going to this historic relic, but I cannot afford to take my family to this church. Hopefully they will drop the price in half, at least.

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Charles F, Director, Visitor Programs at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We initiated the sightseeing fee back in January 2014 after many hard discussions about how to meet our financial needs. It costs $20,000 a day to run the Cathedral, not including the massive repairs from the 2011 earthquake. The fee is applicable for sightseeing Monday - Saturday, not for prayer/worship, and not on Sundays at all.... More

Hull
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I have seen numerous English cathedrals , hundreds of years old and know a little about church buildings. I was a little unsure how I would feel about visiting a cathedral built in Gothic style in the 20th century. It was a truly interesting and entertaining tour. We had a very knowledgable guide who made the tour entertaining and answered... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Who would believe that such a beautiful cathedral exists right here on this side of the Atlantic? What a treasure. When you visit, be sure to take a docent-lead tour and then go up to the observation deck on the 7th floor. You can see all of DC from up there. Visit the gift shop; itself a treasure. And finally,... More

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Allentown, PA
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9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I was only able to have a very quick self-guided tour of the cathedral. A lot of very fascinating sculptural and other art work, Very easy to find things and get around into different areas of the cathedral. Even with construction work in progress to repair earthquake damage, the building and grounds are beautiful. Definitely worth checking out.

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