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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 #18 of 260 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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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.
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Springfield, VA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The behind the scene tour with Melinda was terrific! It is fun to have a tour leader who has the same gee-,wiz attitude as the guests being led. The tour cost between $21 and $25, depending on age, and lasted about 2 hours. Up and down stairs and narrow corridors, out onto the roof, looking down onto the floor of... More

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The facade was amazing as was the stained glass. We walked around the entire building and was quite amazed. It is out by George town so quite a distance from the white house, took the underground to George town and the bus back.

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Los Altos, California
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57 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Stopped here on a drive to Maryland, but almost missed it. $10 to gain entrance...that was a disappointment, but I paid as I wanted to see the interior. I was not disappointed. A towering cathedral proudly representing our nation. Look in a small landing to the right and you will find the resting place of Woodrow Wilson. The views from... More

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McAllen, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

It was a nice big place, but quite a ways from downtown attractions. Got a 25 taxi ride, plus admission so probably not worth it.

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Sydney
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Cathedral is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. Not that special in terms of history etc. but is an imposing building with some beautiful stained glass which at the right time really captures the light. Good views of DC from the top of the spires.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This place is amazing! It is absolutely huge and it is very beautiful inside! Great place to relax and take in the history.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

still some work to do after $30M of damage from the 2011 easthquake but it adds to its appeal - fabulous stained glass windows and unusual chapels - tour guide was a volunteer but made the visit - dont miss the viewing gallery on the top floor - amazing views - entry is $10 which goes towards the repair costs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This beautiful and majestic cathedral, which sits high on a hill in our nation's capital, is a wonderful gothic masterpiece that took 100 years to complete. Both the exterior and the interior rival the greatest gothic cathedrals of Europe. It is a must-see. (Don't forget the gardens, too.)

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Although I've already been in Washington many times, it was my first visit. The glass windows were beautiful (specially that one that honors the Apolo XI), the cathedral is huge and the altar is impressive.

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Dublin, Ireland
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163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We weren't quite sure what to expect in coming here : we had heard that the Cathedral was extremely large, and that it had been built in what we would call a "New-Old" style, an approach that doesn't always lead to a tasteful, never mind, warm or intimate outcome. A related reason for our visit was our interest in visiting... More

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