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Washington National Cathedral

Address: Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW, Entrance on Wisconsin Ave., Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
Phone Number: 202 537 6207
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Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is...
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Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Docent was a young girl at school next door. Outstanding anecdotal information about the renovation and ongoing development of this national treasure

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I was amused to think that the US thought it was appropriate to build itself a national cathedral when Europeans have so many that are so old and so lovely. However, the American twist on gargoyles (Darth Vader!), a bit of moon rock embedded in one stained glass window (love the abstract design), and the gloriously fragrant and lush Bishop's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My daughter visited in the summer. they didn't have a tour because of choir practice. It's interesting and worth the visit.

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you are planning a visit, check the website before you kick yourself for just having missed a tour or event. Even if you are not a co-religionist, you can plan to end/pause a busy day of working or touring in DC by stopping here for a quick evensong to elevate your spirit.

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It was astounding to see a cathedral that is the resting place of President Woodrow Wilson, Admiral Dewy, and Helen Keller and her tutor. Definitely a must see.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great on the outside but wait until you go inside. Gorgeous little niches abound. Want to go back to check out the catacombs.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Spent a few hours on a weekday with my own audio tour. Beautiful space, history, and interesting facts. Go for the Messiah in December. Amazing acoustics. Splurge for a good seat. Not close to metro. Parking is much easier.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was all built in the 20th century -- a story in itself -- but as 'reproduction' architecture, it's unmatched. Excellent docents to take you around and explain both the particulars of the building itself, but the architectural elements it embodies. Try to go to a service with music -- it is a magnificent venue for choral and organ performances.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is a very peaceful place and very beautiful. But please remember is it a place of worship and you should be respectful regarding what you wear and how loudly you speak.

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FOLSOM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The sheer construction and design are a marvel! So solemn and grand but so much a display of the inherent importance religion has in America.

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