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“Compared to European cathedrals, only so-so.”

Washington National Cathedral
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour
Ranked #18 of 446 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
Roanoke, Virginia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Compared to European cathedrals, only so-so.”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Although nice and in a decent neighborhood, it's nothing like the grand cathedrals of Europe. And the "gardens" are just a bunch of weeds. I suggest the members have a few gardening events to spruce it up a bit for the paying visitors. And for themselves.

Visited April 2014
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Pennsylvania
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“A gen”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I love to visit the cathedrals in Europe, and can't believe I have taken so long to visit our own. The stained glass windows are outstanding, and if you are a needlework fan, you will be amazed at the needlepoint cushions.

Visited May 2014
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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“Nice gardens”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

some repair work still going on, but the attached gardens are peaceful and give you a great view of the cathedral. It is in a residential area and not downtown so that was nice.

Visited May 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“There is a fee now to visit...but worth it!”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

This is an exceptional place! Plan to take a tour - either w/ a tour guide or an audio tour. There are so many things to see - you could miss something!!
The stained glass windows are absolutely beautiful.
The statues...chapels...gothic interior..
Wonderful place.

Visited May 2014
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Ohio
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“If you have never been to Europe, it's good....”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

The church is great for someone who has never left the country. It looks just like the major cathedrals of Europe - but it's brand new, being finished in 1990.

It's fine to go - but I'd rather see an older cathedral, with more history, personally.

Visited May 2014
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