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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 #14 of 248 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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New York CIty
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Diamondhead, Mississippi
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is a must see. I lived in DC for 25 years and spent many afternoons wandering around the grounds and inside. I just heard, however, that there is now a $10 admission fee. I hope this is wrong.

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Springboro, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Glad we made the trip out. Also on a hops on hops off bus route. A 40 minute guided tour, gives you a great sense of this national treasure. Some lovely underground chapels not on the tour. Do go down and see them. Amazing mosaics. Great views of DC from the top floor as well. We tried to do the... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This place is beautiful inside and out. It has tons of history. I'm glad I was able to visit this place. Definitely looking forward to taking my family one day

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Williamsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We visited this past 4th of July to experience the Independence Day organ recital. We parked in the underground parking (free when we visited) and arrived at the cathedral at 10:15, just when they opened the doors for admittance. There were many helpful volunteers inside that welcomed us and one nice lady suggested that we sit in the same room/area... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This is a private facility, but worth the detour. (It's relatively close to the zoo). Very impressive both inside and out. If you have any interest in architecture or religion, make the trip. Take the elevator to the viewing gallery--nice view of the city.

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Cordova, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Be sure to take a tour with a guide so you know what you are looking at. Visit the other places on the grounds like the gift shop and they also sell lots of nice herbs.

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