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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.
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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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 noticed by staff. No cameras during services or concerts out of common courtesy. If you want more go to national cathedral in washington, dc, photo policy, might have more info. As long as your flash isn't popping bright every time you take a picture you should be good.
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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
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 it's a string performance, then one needs to sit close, as their sound just doesn't carry in that vast space like he organ does.