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Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Church and Performing Arts Venue
Woodley Park, Washington
  • Samir L.
    "Spot the Darth Vader gargoyle"(3 Tips)
    Rebecca P.
    "The Moon Rock was a great surprise, I have heard it is..."(3 Tips)
    Victor G.
    "Been there but missed the moon rock in the stained glass window."(3 Tips)
    "sure to take advantage of the highlight tour"(2 Tips)
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  • NASA
    NASASeptember 12, 2012
    Did you know that one of the windows contains a moon rock? There is a tiny piece of the moon embedded in the 'Space Window,' delivered there personally by the astronauts who brought it back. Read more
  • Alex L.
    Alex Lazo VasquezAugust 13, 2014
    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
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsSeptember 3
    Impressive, large, if not genuinely old, building. Quiet neighbourhood. There is a large parking lot right underneath the Cathedral, first 30 min. parking for free, ideal if you just want pics.
  • Karin M.
    Karin MillerSeptember 16, 2013
    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.
  • Annie
    AnnieMarch 15, 2014
    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)
  • Skifchik
    SkifchikJune 4
    The majestic structure, copying the classics of Notre-Dame de Paris. Be sure to check out!
  • Tonianne
    TonianneSeptember 9, 2011
    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.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29
    Spot the Darth Vader gargoyle, and go here during the fall/winter (when the trees have shed their leaves) for an awesome vantage point of DC (see also: L'Enfant's Grave)
  • Lydia S.
    Lydia StevensonSeptember 29, 2015
    The guided tour is awesome. There are 16 chapels in the cathedral. The building design is 14th century Gothic, and it is a completely original design and not copied from another building.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 14, 2011
    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.
  • MsTwixt M.
    MsTwixt MsTwixtMay 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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
  • Norman E.
    Take the guided tour and then roam around on your own. So much to see!! So much history!
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANFebruary 14, 2011
    It took 83 years to construct the National Cathedral (began in 1907). It has 231 stained glass windows, 112 gargoyles & a Darth Vader sculpture in the west tower. Watch this video for more history. Read more
  • John T.
    John TaylorMay 15, 2012
    At night, you can park right next to the building and explore the grounds with no one hassling you or looking over your shoulder.
  • shifty
    shiftyNovember 24, 2014
    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.
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoAugust 6, 2011
    Breathtakingly beautiful grounds are often overshadowed by the Cathedral itself. Take time to walk around the outside too!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PatzerOctober 10, 2010
    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.
  • Hassan S.
    Hassan SarayaAugust 15, 2014
    AMEN—A Prayer for the World 48 premier Egyptian and Western artists. Thursday, September 4, 20147 to 8:30 pm
  • NYIP
    NYIPJune 8, 2011
    Check out the mosaics in the Resurrection Chapel and be sure to use a tripod and a long exposure to capture their iridescent beauty.
  • Amber D.
    Amber Davis-SatoAugust 20, 2012
    The Highlight tour is wonderful, informative and covers a lot of the cathedral
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MenardApril 25, 2012
    This is the 6th largest cathedral in the world! Must see when you visit DC!
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 22, 2012
    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.
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LuppinoAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Leave a couple bucks in the donation bin. The Cathedral has a long way to go in repairs from the earthquake.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Families can take self-guided tours and gargoyle treasure hunts with free brochure guides picked up at the information desk at arrival. Powered by
  • Jade R.
    Jade RyanAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great view from the garden. Great place to relax and enjoy the weather during a cooler summer day.
  • Boxfire Press
    Boxfire PressJune 15, 2011
    This cathedral welcomes people of faiths and perspectives, even Darth Vader. See if you can find him in the west tower. Watch this video for some more details. Read more
  • Shane P.
    Shane PhillipsJune 20, 2012
    The tour was great. Artwork is amazing. But our guide was very rude
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PresseSeptember 28, 2012
    The Moon Rock was a great surprise, I have heard it is worth more than Gold.
  • Sunny
    SunnyJune 25, 2011
    Find the courtyard with the fountain and benches for a refreshing and cool stop.
  • Erin R.
    Erin RathFebruary 28, 2015
    Amazing stained glass! Beautiful service music. 🎼 No admission Sundays.
  • Tony S.
    Tony StarkAugust 10, 2015
    don't forget to visit the garden!
  • Jen B.
    Jen BurnettJune 23, 2010
    The 7th floor observatory has great views of DC, MD and VA on a clear day.
  • Allys C.
    Allys CurrieApril 28, 2015
    I liked the souvenirs :)
  • Victor G.
    Victor GollahonOctober 5, 2012
    Been there but missed the moon rock in the stained glass window. Such is life.
  • Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce
    We love The Gift Shop in the Herb Cottage!
  • Rhina G.
    Rhina GuidosJuly 31, 2012
    best time to go is as the sun sets.
  • Lisa T.
    A Must-see when visiting Washington DC!!
  • Warren L.
    Warren LaidlerNovember 22, 2010
    Absolutely beautiful. A must visit while in DC.
  • Deb L.
    Deb LAugust 8, 2015
    A beautiful cathedral in every way!
  • Nicolle
    NicolleJanuary 27, 2010
    Visit on a sunny day and be awed by the many huge stained glass windows!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Took almost 100 years to build and is just awesome
  • Timothy R.
    Timothy RobsonJuly 4, 2011
    Bishop's Garden is the most serene place in DC. Read more
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesNovember 3, 2011
    2,107 people were admitted by ticket to the funeral services of Dwight Eisenhower held here on March 31, 1969.
  • Charlie E.
    Charlie EdstromAugust 30, 2012
    Darth Vader is hiding high up on the outside wall.
  • Andy
    AndySeptember 7, 2010
    Walk around the church and into the gardens. really pretty at sunset
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonFebruary 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to takea look at the cathedral's concert programs! They are great!!
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesJanuary 24, 2011
    Mourners gathered here to pay tribute to President Reagan at a state funeral on June 11, 2004
  • Summer H.
    Summer HoyaMay 16, 2012
    "peaceful and breaktaking"- Angel, MSB'13
  • Marcos C.
    Marcos CDecember 31, 2012
    Amazing....12h30 every day
  • Timmy K.
    Timmy KishApril 10, 2011
    If you check in often enough-you become the pope not the mayor.
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