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“Italian Style Church in DC”

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
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Austin, TX
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Italian Style Church in DC”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

This church really reminded us of ones we visited in Italy. Mosaics on the ceiling and murals on the walls of the side chapels were lovely to see. Very impressive and of historic significance since it was the sight of JFK's funeral.

Visited March 2014
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“A wonderful place”
Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for an escape after another crazy day in D.C. this is the place to be. Even if you are not a religious person this little gem in a crowded environment will definitely touch your soul. They did an outstanding job during the renovation and made St. Matthew a must for every visitor of Washington.

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Columbus, Ohio
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63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Look beyond the facade...”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We walked a quick 5 minutes from our hotel on Connecticut Ave. Sunday for Mass at St. Matthew's. The rather plain red brick façade gave no hint to the beauty inside the Cathedral. After Mass we used one of the guide leaflets to learn about the gorgeous mosaics, various sculptures and other features and history of the Cathedral. We were lucky to hear about a "Concert of Remembrance" held that evening in honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy and so returned that evening. The acoustics of the Cathedral enhanced the beautiful music and talents of the musicians.

Visited November 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“An urban sanctuary : St. Matthew's”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I am not a religious person, but St. Matthew's is a very special place due to for numerous reasons. If most people live or work around the DuPont area, you would assume that there are just restaurants and offices. Instead, this neighborhood has concealed an ancient jewel. St Matthew's was built in the 1840s and underwent a major restoration between 2000 to 2003. The architecture has elements of Romanesque with Byzantine arches and paintings, and the space is massive iniside despite the unpretentious outside. The great part about this cathedral is that it is usually quiet and provides a urban sanctuary.

Visited October 2013
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McLean VA, USA
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful, special, holy place”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

St. Matt's is an incredible place of worship and family. Although it's a bit tucked away, it's in a convenient and wonderful location in the heart of the city, off Connecticut and Rhode Island. Inside, St. Matt's exudes beauty, faith, and solemnity. It's masses range from visitors on Sat night to Latin at 10, to a younger, diverse crowd on Sundays at 5:30p.m. If you happen to be at a 5:30pm mass with Fr. Jim Greenfield, you will experience a liturgy and homily that will touch your heart and inspire your soul. Led by Msgr Ron Jameson, the parish itself is alive, vibrant, and committed to faith formation, serving those less fortunate, a beautiful liturgy. Their organist is fabulous, and two choirs are fantastic.

It has a welcoming spirit, and holiness that renews your faith and offers a multitude of service opportunities to give back from God's many blessings to share your time, talent, and treasure. As the seat of the Archdiocese of Washington DC, you are also given many wonderful occasions to spend Holy days with Cardinal Wuerl and great celebrations like the Red mass with the Supreme Court.

Visit the Cathedral, register as a parishioner, renew your faith, and help those less fortunate. As St. Francis said: "It is in giving that we receive." So it is, especially at St. Matt's.

Visited August 2013
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