Very impressive inside. It was designated a cathedral in 1939 when the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington was created. St. Matthew is apparently the patron saint of civil servants and members of congress, supreme court justices and government officials come here to worship.
It is also where President Kennedy´s funeral mass was held on 25 November 1963 and there is a beautiful understated marble plaque to commemorate the sad occasion inlaid in the floor in front of the altar.
An excellent ´self-guided tour' leaflet is available at the entrance, which we only found at the end of our visit. And yes, the multi-coloured mosaics and marble are simply stunning.....
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