A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all ... More
Washington National Cathedral
A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all denominations. Under construction for most of the 20th Century and completed and consecrated in 1990, this Gothic cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Flying buttresses, gargoyles, crypts, a 98-foot (30-meter) vaulted ceiling and many intimate chapels contribute to this architectural masterpiece. The grounds invite exploration with curving walkways, well-kept hedges and spacious lawns from which to view the city.
The Washington Cathedral was constructed by traditional methods used by craftspeople from Europe over the centuries. It is gothic in design and the details of its construction are readily available at the Cathedral. It is a functioning church, with several chapels below the main level. The stained glass windows are unique and each tells a story. The grounds of the cathedral are well maintained and there are many quiet spots for contemplation and enjoyment of the view as the highest point in the District of Columbia. The Cathedral gift shop and the Herb Cottage Gift shop are well worth a visit.
The atmosphere in the cathedral was less respectful than any place of worship I have been in. Although I appreciate the size, there was little substance inside the cathedral. There was not too much to admire and it was not a great place to pray. I reccommend the Immaculate Conception church a couple minutes away. Even if you arent Catholic, the church is a great work of architecture, art, and reverence.
This is a outstanding place to visit. It is breath taking. It offers all denominations of worship under one hugh roof that is supported by the very large colums compressing inwards somehow. They have tours of the cathedral everyday, check the site. That explains how the building is constructed and they too have a moon rock. It is in one of the many stainglass windows all around the cathedral. These stain glass windows depect all areas of jobs and life styles. A must see. They have an observatory that has a great view of DC. Then in the bacement is a giftshop that would put others to shame. If you are ever in DC make this a must see. They even have saint medals for your dogs and cats.
This magnificent Cathedral has beautiful stain glass widows. During our tour the tourguide explained to us that when the light shines through the windows, exquisite colors are displayed called jewels of light. They took my breath away and gave me a great connection with God. Each window tells a story as well as creating a breath-taking experince. It was interesting an fun to learn about the stained glass windows. If only I could spend everyday there and become permenetly connected with those wonderful experiences.
The Cathedral is AWESOME, simply said. I will visit it every time I go to D.C. It is so peaceful and beautiful. If you go to the top of it, you can see for many miles, all around. There is a nice garden to visit.
This cathedral was my FAVORITE on our 8th grade touring session because it was calm, peaceful, and serene. We went to the "basement" and saw Helen Keller's tomb, along with her tutor's. The stained glass windows were AMAZING and it was just my luck I forgot my camera that day. But I still really liked it. Thanks!
Free to visit with a huge gothic and impressive interior and gardens to boot the national cathedral is worth the time and effort to get to it.
Off the beaten tourist path a bit the Cathedral is probably worth visiting if you have time on your trip to DC, but I wouldn't put on the top of the must do list.
The Cathedral took almost 100 years to complete and is awe inspiring, but the best time to visit is during a mass celebration of sometime.
Midnight mass is good choice on Christmas eve or Easter. For these ceremonys however you need to plan ahead and get tickets to the mass. The tickets are free but the limit the turnout to what the cathedral may manage.
Down side to visiting during a major mass celebration is that the garden is usually not in bllom and it is dfinately worth the visit as well.
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