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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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Description: This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put...
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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Beautiful, large, elegant, and always being worked on

We were there in 1986 when it was still incomplete. When we were there just a few days ago they were still working on the renovation following a recent earthquake. The Cathedral... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We were there in 1986 when it was still incomplete. When we were there just a few days ago they were still working on the renovation following a recent earthquake. The Cathedral is very large (we were told the 6th largest in the world), very beautiful both outside and inside, and definitely worthwhile to visit. It's sort of neo-Gothic so... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I don't get to see flying buttresses every day! The architecture is magnificent, including the rose windows, stained glass, alter and the organ/choir area. I had to remind myself that the cathedral is only about 100 years old! Classic! Unfortunately there is still scaffolding on the exterior of the building due the earthquake several years ago. It was difficult to... More 

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Rocky Mountains, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you haven't heard, this is NOT a National Park nor a US funded building. Remember - separation of church and state! That said... A beautiful building that is reminiscent of European cathedrals. You will want to compare it to Notre Dame, but that isn't fair, nothing compares to it. The building is beautiful to behold and the stained glass... More 

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Jackson, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We attended the 11:15 Sunday service at the Cathedral this past Sunday. It was a very lovely service with beautiful choral music. The building is a must see for all visitors to DC. The drive up to it is beautiful as well. Do not miss the Bishop's Garden beside the Cathedral...a lovely spot. After the service we walked around the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I was so looking forward to making a return visit to this Cathedral. We got there on Holy Saturday by way of the DC Trolley Tour and when we got to this stop, we were informed by our tour guide that the Cathedral was closed to visitors in preparation for Easter Sunday. Even from the outside, it is a beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful, ginormous cathedral! Took a great tour with a docent and she told us so many great facts about this phenomenal building. Helen Keller is buried there along with her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Find the elevator and take it to the 7th floor in the tower. A great view of the city!!!! We just stumbled upon this elevator... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Huge, soaring, impressive, and beautiful. National Cathedral inspires the same awe that the famous cathedrals in the UK, Germany, and France achieve. We attended a wedding on a Saturday. There was an underground area where the chartered buses let us off. There was a long flight of stone stairs up to the main elevator or you could take an elevator.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous, on the level of European cathedrals. The crypts in the basement are creepy. Eat at Cafe Deluxe, and then walk downhill through the (safe and wealthy) neighborhood of beautiful Victorians to the (free) National Zoo. The best day of hassle-free sightseeing you'll have in your life.

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Springfield, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

One of the few places in DC you can drive to (and park). This place is amazing! It has religious and poitical significance, and is multidenominational. The history that is captured here is incredible. Take the (inexpensive) docent led tour and learn about the cathedral and all of its interesting features (not the least of which are the gargoyles). Notice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It was on my bucket list but was quite a hike from Metro 1.3 miles but beautiful evening so we decided it had to be worth it. And worth it , it was. They were even having an evening service complete with the choir. The building is undergoing reconstruction but still beautiful. The inside massive and beautiful, the grounds great... More 

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