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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 #17 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

When you first see it dominating the City you may well wonder how those Gothic Towers, flying buttresses and the sheer scale of this building came to be transplanted from Canterbury or Orleans or some other great European city to this "modern" Capital. Go in via the great west door and "wow" is the initial impression. But the construction of... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building, stunning windows, especially the "space" one! Awesome bells, lovely Sunday service, very welcoming.

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McKinney, Texas, United States
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had no idea of the history and symbolism of this attraction. Thank goodness we took time to listen to a tour guide that lead us through the great information. I had seen the cathedral on video and in movies, but had no idea of its interior mass and beauty! This will not disappoint!

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41 reviews 41 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is one of my top favorite stops whenever in DC, and I always try to take a different tour while there. The Behind the Scenes and my favorite, although if you have not been on the standard tour, I would suggest doing that first for more general information. If you are in town while during Spring/Summer and early Fall... More

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Ada, Michigan
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We tried to make this a short stop on the green line trolley tour knowing it would be magnificent inside. Wish we had taken the time to do the audio tour to really get the history and details of the place. It is breathtaking. Having seen cathedrals in france and germany, i knew i would enjoy the space but we... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is the national Episcopalian Cathedral that features several stunning stained glass windows and incredible stone carvings done by old world mason/artisans. It has held a number of historic services. Recently it was heavily damaged during an earthquake but it is open while undergoing repairs.

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Argyle, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is reminiscent of the grand Gothic cathedrals of Europe, but with modern conveniences. If you have the opportunity, take the elevator up the tower and enjoy the views towards D.C., including Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. You can tour for free, but there is a recommended donation of $5 - well worth it, especially with the guided... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is beautiful, but what I loved most about this place was the tour. It was excellent, with lots of interesting tidbits relating to the country's history.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

All the attractions in DC are free except this one. "Suggested" donation is $5.00. Cathedral is nice but not awe inspiring.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Beautiful historic site with lots of wonderful stories. Take guided tour if you have time. Gift store is great, especially if you are looking for religious resources for children or Christmas ornaments or nativity sets. Make sure to check out the gardner's cottage for unique garden items and gifts. Seeing thee cathedral makes it more meaningful when viewing national events... More

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