Washington National Cathedral, standing at DC's highest point, welcomes people of all faiths and perspectives. It features stained glass windows, Gothic architecture, tours, worship services, exhibits, lectures, and musical events.
I liked the souvenirs :)
Amazing stained glass! Beautiful service music. 🎼 No admission Sundays.
Actual name is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It is the seat of both the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese Washington and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Do you know about the Darth Vader gargoyle?
Save the buttresses!
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When I arrived in Washington my eye caught this beuautiful building. It has 2 tours. The regular tour is the best. The behind the scenes tour is very interesting too, more suited to architect fans
Took almost 100 years to build and is just awesome
If you're a student visiting, remember to bing your student ID for a discounted admission. Be sure to take advantage of the highlight tour (free with admission, offered every 30 minutes)
The gargoyle tour is awesome. Set aside lots of time for this awesome place - I easily could have spent all day learning all the fun history, listening to the organ and choir, and discovering secrets.
Whoa!!! There's a $10 admission fee. Yikes!!!
Amazing....12h30 every day
Been there but missed the moon rock in the stained glass window. Such is life.
The Moon Rock was a great surprise, I have heard it is worth more than Gold.
Darth Vader is hiding high up on the outside wall.
Leave a couple bucks in the donation bin. The Cathedral has a long way to go in repairs from the earthquake.
The Highlight tour is wonderful, informative and covers a lot of the cathedral
best time to go is as the sun sets.
The tour was great. Artwork is amazing. But our guide was very rude
Wonderful venue for awards!
"peaceful and breaktaking"- Angel, MSB'13
At night, you can park right next to the building and explore the grounds with no one hassling you or looking over your shoulder.
Girls will love hunting for the Girl Scout trefoil in the Cathedral, and all kids look for the Darth Vader grotesque on the exterior (ask a docent for help). Tower Climbs are back as of May 2012
This is the 6th largest cathedral in the world! Must see when you visit DC!
In 1893, a Congressional charter, signed by President Benjamin Harrison, - granted to the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia - established the cathedral.
Gargoyles and Grotesques Tour at the National Cathedral
2,107 people were admitted by ticket to the funeral services of Dwight Eisenhower held here on March 31, 1969.
The Bishop's Garden, my favorite spot in DC. Nestled away from maddening crowds & behind a mossy door is an ideal spot for meditation, esp after a rainfall when its abundant flowers smell glorious.
Great view from the garden. Great place to relax and enjoy the weather during a cooler summer day.
Breathtakingly beautiful grounds are often overshadowed by the Cathedral itself. Take time to walk around the outside too!
We love The Gift Shop in the Herb Cottage!
The cathedral offers spectacular views from its towers, but check for details of the gargoyle tours. Yes there are plenty of traditional monsters but look out for a stone-carved Star Wars villain.
Find the courtyard with the fountain and benches for a refreshing and cool stop.
Check out the mosaics in the Resurrection Chapel and be sure to use a tripod and a long exposure to capture their iridescent beauty.
If you check in often enough-you become the pope not the mayor.
Mourners gathered here to pay tribute to President Reagan at a state funeral on June 11, 2004
Absolutely beautiful. A must visit while in DC.
Great view from the observation deck.
President Woodrow Wilson is the only American president buried here.
The Darth Vader gargoyle is on the NW tower, east face, near the top, between the arches. Bring binoculars or a camera with good zoom.
Walk around the church and into the gardens. really pretty at sunset