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“Symphony in marble and mosaic”

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Symphony in marble and mosaic”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

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.....

Visited June 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A beautiful and spiritual place”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

A short walk down M street from Dupont Circle rests this landmark cathedral. It is worth visiting just for the beauty of its interior and majesty of its exterior, but fail not to pause and pray (or meditate, or reflect) when you come.

If you look, you will see one of the saddest moments in modern American history marked, in Christian fashion, on the floor. You will see awesome mosaics and deep spiritual messages. And, if like me you happen to be there on a Sunday morning, you might also see some parishioners handing out coffee and donuts after Mass, just like it was a little church in an American small town.

Visited June 2014
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Austin, TX
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Italian Style Church in DC”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

This church really reminded us of ones we visited in Italy. Mosaics on the ceiling and murals on the walls of the side chapels were lovely to see. Very impressive and of historic significance since it was the sight of JFK's funeral.

Visited March 2014
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“A wonderful place”
Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for an escape after another crazy day in D.C. this is the place to be. Even if you are not a religious person this little gem in a crowded environment will definitely touch your soul. They did an outstanding job during the renovation and made St. Matthew a must for every visitor of Washington.

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Columbus, Ohio
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“Look beyond the facade...”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We walked a quick 5 minutes from our hotel on Connecticut Ave. Sunday for Mass at St. Matthew's. The rather plain red brick façade gave no hint to the beauty inside the Cathedral. After Mass we used one of the guide leaflets to learn about the gorgeous mosaics, various sculptures and other features and history of the Cathedral. We were lucky to hear about a "Concert of Remembrance" held that evening in honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy and so returned that evening. The acoustics of the Cathedral enhanced the beautiful music and talents of the musicians.

Visited November 2013
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