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Washington National Cathedral

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Address: Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW, Entrance on Wisconsin Ave., Washington DC, DC
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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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This cathedral has so much to see at and below the main level - allow enough time! Probably at least two hours. It offers unique and special exhibits so check the website... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful and impressive from the front. The windows, gargoyles and stone cut images are dynamic. However, (you knew that was coming!), the Cathedral has been under renovation/repair/construction for many years now due to the earthquake (many years ago), the need to repair other aging & structural issues with the hope that the money "collected" from "admission" to the main chapel... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This cathedral has so much to see at and below the main level - allow enough time! Probably at least two hours. It offers unique and special exhibits so check the website. Christmas time is very special. The entrance fee is not insignificant (it used to be free); toyou might want consider a membership if you might return. But it... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Growing up in very small, unassuming church buildings, I was not prepared to see such a grand Cathedral as the National Cathedral. It was very moving to see a religious place in the Capitol. I enjoyed the tour, and we were able to hear an organ concert, as a bonus. Very beautiful, and a nice monument to God in Washington,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In a city full of free attractions, the Cathedral chooses an admission fee. But it's worth it. It is a magnificent building, with beautiful windows, wonderful chapels, (and just to the south of the main entrance doors), a very good cafe.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had the pleasure of attending the Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist service. I have seen the cathedral many times on television but those images do not do it justice. This place of worship is beautiful. I was able to sit pretty close to the front of the church - only a few rows away from the pulpit. My visit happened... More 

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Thank JeVel L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had no idea this was on our trolley tour. I stopped off and snapped some great shots of the exterior. I paid the $12 to go inside. such a treasure. Got looks of amazing photos and spent way to much at the gift shop ! A must see for DC trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderfful, though slightly odd, cathedral. It looks and feels as an old building, while it was built the previous century - hence the Darth Vader gargoyle and such. Great views of the city.

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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is absolutely breath taking! We visited last year on Easter Sunday. We did have to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating. The cost was minimal at $3 a ticket and it went to the Church so we didn't mind to pay. The service was beautiful and different for us (we are not Catholic) But I wanted my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral is large and worth a visit if you haven't been to many European cathedrals it's a great example. There is one standout that sets it apart from all others. Darth Vader is one of the gargoyles on the backside of the left tower if facing the main front entrance to the cathedral. bring binoculars.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It took more than a century to build, and this Washington icon is worth the trip. Currently undergoing some repairs for damage sustained during the 2011 earthquake, the Cathedral is open, and volunteer docents are on hand to guide you through the amazing stories and characters - the beautiful rose windows; the stained glass window with a piece of the... More 

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