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Washington National Cathedral
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Ranked #20 of 466 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Amazing . Be sure to do the Tower Climb if you visit. The Tower Climb is 333 steps to the bell ringing chamber in the great central tower of Washington National Cathedral, 300 feet above the ground.

1  Thank Robert E
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NationalCathedral, Group Tour Program Coordinator (Visitor Programs) at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

I'm so glad you were able to do a Tower Climb! We're only able to offer those on select dates throughout the year, so you were lucky! If you're going to be back in DC and want to try it again, be sure to keep an eye on our website. We'll list future Tower Climbs there.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I've been to DC a few times, but this is the first time I visited the Cathedral. It is just beautiful! I've visited a few cathedrals in Italy, and this one ranks right up there with those. In some ways, I enjoyed it even more. For one thing, almost the ENTIRE Cathedral is open for the public to view. I was able to go beyond the choir all the way back to the altar and side chapels to view the amazing craftsmanship of the stonework, carvings, glasswork, and embroidered textiles. The crypt and observation levels are also open to the public. I wasn't able to take a tour while I was there, but I was able to attend the majority of a Sunday service. My faith is more in line with a different denomination than that of the Cathedral, but I still appreciated the service. There is no restaurant (only gift shop-type food) that I am aware of on the grounds, which becomes a problem if you are there for several hours like I was. Also, there is no Metro stop close by – the closest one is the Woodley stop – but there are bus stops around the perimeter of the Cathedral grounds. Currently there is a lot of scaffolding surrounding areas of the Cathedral. This is due to the ongoing repairs to the damage caused by the earthquake in 2011. There is even a small exhibit set up in the Cathedral that talks about the extent of the damage. Overall, I would definitely say this is a must-see in DC, especially if you are a fan of beautiful art, tradition, and architecture.

1  Thank Grace A
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Congress has designated the Washington National Cathedral as the "National House of Prayer". It is it is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, the second-largest in the US and the fourth-tallest structure in Washington, D.C. Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. president, is the only American president buried in the District of Columbia. Go visit and look for Darth Vader!

1  Thank allcurves
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

What a beautiful compilation of history - impressed they pray hourly for world peace and weekly for a state (it was Kentucky's turn day I visited). Moon Rock in stained glass window - Wow!

Thank Carol Ann R
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was a beautiful church in a fabulous treed area of Washington, DC. Unfortunately there was some damage from the earthquake a year ago. But the inside is beautiful. They offer free tours and have some of the most beautiful stained glass I have ever seen. The gift shop has everything!!

Thank Wendy M
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