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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 #13 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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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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upstate NY
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123 reviews 123 reviews
48 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great, knowledgeable docents. So many beautiful details - the stained glass windows, the sculpture, paintings, architecture, tapestries. Take the tour. Photos encouraged!

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We entered to attend a evening service and enjoyed the cathedral's beauty and the choir that was practicing.

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redondo beach, ca
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Really, we saw amazing works of art in Germany...but of the 100's of churches we saw, we paid for maybe 3. The fact they ask for 10$ admission is poor taste. Churches are places of worship and adoration.... one may ask for donation...but to flat out ask for $ is poor taste

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Houston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This cathedral reminded me of Westminster Abbey. It is so worth seeing. I loved it. Words cannot describe it. It is a must see when visiting Washington D.C.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I live right by the Cathedral and visit whenever I can. But know that the volunteer staff will stop you at the main visitors' entrance and hit you up for donations before allowing you access to this church, so I recommend going in via the south side entrance thru the Cathedral shop on the ground floor - browse the shop... More

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Burke, Virginia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is truly a work of art. The outside and inside of this building are beautiful and amazing. It's like visiting a cathedral in Europe. The National Cathedral is incredible. It's way off the beaten path for tourists not in a guided tour, but tour buses do go there. Out-of-towners will find it difficult to get to and from, since... More

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Illinois City, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a nice cathedral for America. Having been all over Europe visiting the ancient and massive cathedral, this one is not as grand, but I appreciate the architecture.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral does a number of special tours, and the Gargoyle Tour was a riot. Half way through the construction of the Cathedral, the architects realized that they could make money by selling the right to design the gargoyles and grotesques. Thus there are stories associated with many of them, such as the woman who bought a gargoyle designed for... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I admit that this is a great church and is beautiful, but I feel like after I've seen 20 Cathedrals, I've seen them all. I got there on an excessively foggy day, so maybe that took away from some of the appeal of the exterior, but it was nice on the inside. My reason for the low score is that... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I visited during the cherry blossom festival and called twice to find out about the time of visit as some tours were cancelled on Sunday due to a concert ( that's what the website said) I left messages but no one called back. So I visited on Saturday instead as I did not want to risk not being able to... More

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