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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 put to...

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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Seeing Deeper

We went there last week for their annual Seeing Deeper Week. The picnic in the Cathedral was great. We also put it on our Calendar next year to go to the light show they had on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went there last week for their annual Seeing Deeper Week. The picnic in the Cathedral was great. We also put it on our Calendar next year to go to the light show they had on Monday.

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Curitiba, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It`s new, inaugurated on the early 1990, the windows are beautiful! Specially when the light is right and the sun is shinning through them. There`s an elevator to the upper level of the tower, the view is very nice!

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Malaga, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I rarely visit religious places, but was intrigued by the mention of the stained glass. Excellent local guide who knew all there was to know and told us the meaning behind the windows and made it all come to life.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The architecture of this building is just beautiful. I love to see churches every where I go and I never tire of coming back her. When we were at the vatican where is gives size compared to other churches around the world, it truly gives perspective. Must see in DC.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Come explore the beautiful grounds and gardens. Inside the cathedral enjoy beautiful works of art including sculpture, wood carving, mosaics, and over 200 stained glass windows. The top of the tower is the highest point in DC. Sunday building access is free. A seasonal highlight is the Handel's Messiah concert in December.

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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've seen the building from the outside at night, but never inside. I was surprised how ornate and beautiful it is inside. It was nice to go on a Sunday and get in free, and to hear the tour guide talk about it's history and use. The glasswork is incredible. We went as a stop from the Hop on, Hop... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not expecting to enjoy this visit so much. I have 2 teens who have seen their fair share of churches and cathedrals, so they were not overly excited about this unplanned stop on our first day in DC (we had a couple extra hours due to light traffic). As it was a Sunday, admission was free. Although there... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so sad we went at night!!! The cathedral is amazing beautiful and glorious! I want to go back during day time next time I visit DC. Is a little far from all the other monuments & lands mark on the DC area, about 20 million more or less, but is a most go if you love art & architecture.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Site of many historic events, beautiful building, location overlooking city, lovely worship services apwith thoughtful sermons

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Silver Bay, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did the behind the scenes tour. It was so worth it. The highlight is accessing areas you wouldn't normally get to see, like the attic, yes the attic is cool, and the view from the roof top, nothing short of amazing. Great tour guide who knew her stuff and was fun too.

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