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Washington National Cathedral

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Address: Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW, Entrance on Wisconsin Ave., Washington DC, DC
Phone Number: 202 537 6207
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This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is...

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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Wish we'd spent more time taking it in

We attended a service at the Cathedral, but didn't stay after to absorb all the beauty inside. It is a glorious space and a national treasure.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended a service at the Cathedral, but didn't stay after to absorb all the beauty inside. It is a glorious space and a national treasure.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I always want to spend more time than I have here! It's an amazing place with incredible architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. It's impossible to see all of the great carvings and understand the symbolism in one trip, but it would be beneficial to read a guide book about them prior to your visit. Make sure you go up... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The view from the upper rooms is amazing ! Spent at least an hour staring at the stained glass windows in the main cathedral. The walk from the National Zoo was pretty strenuous, but one of the attendants gave us very helpful advice on how to find a bus to the nearest Metro tube station.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful cathedral. It is massive with intricate stonework and awesome stained glass everywhere. We were fortunate to be able to catch a demonstration of the pipe organ and it was magnificent.

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Punta Allen, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

TIP: Be sure to go DOWN or AROUND and see the exhibits on the lower level (restrooms & water there also). Take some extra time and soak in the plaques and writings.

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Brunswick, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They now charge everyone who wants to come in here--$11. Consequently the handsome, large front doors are locked, since they can't catch incomer this way to charge them. You have to enter by a side door where they make you pay. I've traveled all around Europe and the US and have visiited churches and cathedrals, and have never seen an... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to share thoughts about your recent visit. We started charging admission for sightseeing (Monday - Saturday) about 2 years ago; prior to that, visitors still entered by one single door, but it was with a suggested donation. After much thought and prayer, we realized we needed this charge to meet our financial needs, as donations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great tour with a personable and knowledgeable guide. We went up behind the stained glass windows, out along the roof, and into areas I never would have dreamed existed above the nave. Totally worth the price.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoy their flower market in the beginning of May. They have a lot of craft vendors and and most importantly, get plants at excellent prices!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enormous, magnificent, so much history inside. If you can arrange an inside tour well worth it. Don't miss the stone from the Appian Way in Rome and the one from Mt Ararat. ( on the walls of one of the stairways).

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Tustin CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a bus route, too far for most to walk from the city. We did a self-guided walk. A tour would have been better, but we missed the let one. Great history.

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