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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 #16 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral is mind boggling and beautiful. We took a guided tour and the docent was clearly dedicated and enthusiastic about sharing his love for this fantastic national treasure. We had lunch I. The new coffee shop. The service was quick and efficient. The cafe workers were all quite pleasant. The food was very good. We had a ham and... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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25 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

As a Catholic family, I took my family to Washington National Cathedral on 26 December to see the Church and pray there after Christmas. It has become a tradition for my family. I was sooo disappointed to see how commercialized and expensive the Cathedral has become. Obviously the Priest and staff have decided to bilk all the visitors out of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We arrived during an early service and were not allowed into the cathedral at that time. the staff were very friendly and courteous. After the service we were free to wander. Don't miss the back (front) of the church. There is a children's chapel to the right of the front were you can light a candle and say a prayer.... More 

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Washington DC
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151 reviews 151 reviews
54 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Take a ride to the top and check out the amazing views. This is probably the highest place for scores of miles in any direction and provides amazing views. There are limited hours to do that so check your schedule to ensure you get there in time. Bring some binoculars to check out the architectural details even at the highest... More 

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

the cathedral was majestic, awe inspiring, it was just a must see on our last trip to D.C., going up to the top of the cathedral and having a gorgeous look onto the city and the surrounding virginian mountains.

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Carson City
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I'm lucky, my sister is a docent there. Full of military and religious history. It's the sixth largest cathedral in the world and despite being only 100 years old, it has stained glass and woodwork as beautiful and intricate as any I've seen in Europe.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

What is not to like in such a beautiful building. During the services, the gardens, the surrenders. The most beautiful scene of the Washington DC area, in the top for people to enjoy. This is a place that you can go solo and do not feel alone. The security staff are great. Tours guides also available and up dates of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I was there just after the official opening and I wanted to see it again. Luckily the earthquake damage didn't effect the interior too much. There is some scaffolding inside but that does not diminish the overall view. Again I was impressed by the monumental appearance of the interior; although a comparatively "new" building; it feels as if the ages... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Amazying archictecture and holy place, you can feel the good energy inside! The museum and stores were nice too. It is a must do in Washington!

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Absolutely beautiful and a definite place to visit. We were on a budget so didn't get the behind the scenes tour but if you visit you are able to walk around and do some exploring. The outside and inside of cathedral are amazing.

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