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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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A Special Place

I lived in Washington DC for years, some years back, and have returned for visits since. The Cathedral was, and still remains the one place I must return to each time, and a place... read more

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Oneco, CT
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Oneco, CT
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I lived in Washington DC for years, some years back, and have returned for visits since. The Cathedral was, and still remains the one place I must return to each time, and a place I returned to over and over when I lived there. It is truly a place apart. No words can convey the sense of awe you feel... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Washington National Cathedral is an enormous building, standing in the skyline above D.C. It was surprising to find out the completion of building this cathedral is rather new. The main sanctuary is enormous large, with lots of nice details. You get impressed seeing this sanctuary, but the crypt under the sanctuary gives you some more closeness and yield even... More 

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Norco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although not in Washington DC proper, the National Cathedral should be on any list of things to see. It is easy to drive to, but is also on most tour routes, albeit an extension. Photos cannot do justice to the sheer size and detailed magnificence of this spectacular building. Inside, it is just as glorious. The many stained glad windows... More 

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Αθήνα, Ελλάδα
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was an evening visit half an hour before the Cathedral was closed. It was beautiful, only four people visiting. Beautiful colours, nice photos. It is a must visit

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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was privileged to be part of a small group of photographers with Washington Photo Safari during the clearing of the nave. Magnificent structure. It snowed that morning ~~ so I plan to return to see the essence of colorful light through the stained glass windows.

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Dewey, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not in the area of downtown DC. If you take a cab, you will pass Embassy Row. This is a must see. It is so beautiful inside and out. Take a very wide angle lens to capture it inside.l

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

Must admit to a bias here. I worked and the Cathedral as a sculptor for 20 years. This is a wonderful place to bring a family to gawk at gargoyles, wander the Bishop's Garden, or attend a service. The tour guides are friendly and well-informed. The chapels in the crypt are beautiful. Climb the bell tower on special occasions; view... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did reviews on visiting the National Cathedral and could not wait to go. It is very big. When I arrived and walked inside I was speechless. An English Gothic Cathedral with flying buttresses and not in Europe! There was a tour starting when we arrived and my son and I joined it. The tour lasted about 1 hour or... More 

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McAllen, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend suggested I visit the Cathedral. She said they would pray for your loved ones so i made it a point to go. It is a beautiful church filled with so much history, past and present. You can get married there, buried there or just go to mass. Famous people have been there, buried there and attended mass there.... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is surely one of America's greatest buildings - a 15th Century style cathedral in Washington DC. The architecture is just breathtaking, and beautifully complements the superb music and spiritual feel of the place. All their Sunday services are just marvelous. You can safely ignore the politically-correct liberalism, which seems to be waning, and enjoy a really great experience.

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