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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-5000
Upper Northwest
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Reviewed 2 days ago

While the National Cathedral is not located close to the other monuments of interest in Washington DC, it is worth taking a trip to. It regularly hosts events and concerts. It is part of the Episcopal Church.

Thank elleoa
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took a very informative tour, wandered around on our own, and attended the evensong service. I loved watching the place transform from beautiful monument to national reflection to a living house of worship. Hearing the cathedral filled with only a handful of voices was...More

Thank KatieElizabeth13
Reviewed 6 days ago

I purposefully planned my tour in D.C. to have a full Sunday morning at the National Cathedral, to attend the weekly Holy Eucharist service. To be clear, I am not a Christian and nor following any religion. But I wanted to visit the Cathedral for...More

Thank Rich G
Reviewed 6 days ago

The cathedral is beautiful but you really need a guide to see it. The day we were there, they were setting up for a special event so there were no tours. We enjoyed looking around.

Thank RetiredCharles
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the Dupont Circle/Embassy Row area and had a few hours to kill. We decided to drive up Massachusetts Avenue to the National Cathedral. So glad we did. The exterior is imposing and the interior spectacular. The arched ceiling, flying buttresses and stained...More

Thank caz5boj27
Reviewed 1 week ago

Funny story--we thought we were attending a Catholic service, but realized we were at an Episcopal Church. Wow, it was so lovely. The church is beautiful. The homily was inclusive and thought-provoking. So glad we made the "mistake" and ended up there!

Thank Bridgett J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because we had some extra time before meeting some friends for Sunday brunch at the Open City Cafe, we briefly visited the cathedral. Although we have visited DC many times over the years, this was our first visit to the Cathedral. Having visited numerous gothic...More

Thank lfiebert
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get a chance to go here, definitely do. It's historic and absolutely stunning. They let you take pictures inside-which some cathedrals around the world forbid-so it was wonderful to enjoy

Thank Courtney F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time to visit the Washington National Cathedral...even though we had heard about it, and seen it on television, multiple times for Presidential funerals and other events. Wow....there is so, so much more. We arrived at 10am on a Saturday, and immediately...More

Thank Mark43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We debated about visiting this incredibly beautiful facility. So sooo glad we visited. This cathedral is as massive as it is beautiful. Make sure you plan visiting the cathedral on your visit to DC.

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5 June 2018|
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Response from Judy W | Reviewed this property |
Tripods & selfie sticks are up to cathedral staff, taking pics of the stained glass in the brochure it said to put your camera on 'cloudy' to avoid glare, etc. I took flash off my camera & took alot of pictures, so I wasn't... More
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Martin S
1 September 2017|
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I don't know if there's a bad seat in the house, at least when the organ is being played. The pipes are at the front, but the horns are in the rear – and it's the most amazing organ I've ever heard in person. However, if... More
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Martin S
1 September 2017|
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Response from Jules060617 | Reviewed this property |
I did not attend a service in the main part of the cathedral so do not know anything about the acoustics and the visual aspects so regret unable to help you on this.
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