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Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20016
+1 202-537-6207
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This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilsons funeral and a prayer vigil for American hostages during the Iranian crisis.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20016
Upper Northwest
+1 202-537-6207
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What workmanship went into the building of this cathedral. There are many beautiful works of art throughout. Individuals enter through the front to purchase tickets. They give you a brochure for a self guided tour or you can go on public tours offered throughout the...More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 3 days ago

The artistry of the place is wonderful. The high altar a jewel box of carving and tracery. Look out for Woodrow Wilsons tomb in the side aisle.

Thank KellyNebraska
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place, very quaint. There's a bishop's garden that has a wide variety of beautiful plants and a small little pond. A nice small cafe nearby. It's very picturesque - you would have thought you are in a small European town. Great architecture...More

Thank Sheana C
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the four biggest gothic cathedrals in the world! Has gargoyles, and much restoration still taking place after an earthquake in 2011. They have made something of tourist interest from the fallen stone work...clever thinking! I loved the view from the tower (I went...More

1  Thank JulieJulie88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING CHURCH!!! All the detailed architecture, the grandness of it all, the overall inner and exterior beauty of the cathedral. WOW!

Thank JuoM
Reviewed 1 week ago

6th largest cathedral in the world.. does it really matter what your religious beliefs are when given the chance to view this beauty? We biked here through the embassy area and finaly reached this stunningly beautiful place... and it is soooo peaceful that its the...More

Thank CLJ_DK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our visit to the Cathedral. The Bishops Garden alone is worth the trip. We participated in the Gargoyle Tour and is was a special adventure. We began on the 7th floor observation gallery. The views of the cathedral and the city are spectacular....More

1  Thank Lynn60726
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you are religious or not, this is a “must visit” in DC. 2nd largest cathedral in US; 6th in the world. Music is this awe inspiring edifice is truly amazing.

1  Thank wrouse47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This by far my favorite place to visit in the Washington DC area. I like to park at the bottom of the hill on Garfield Street NW near the intersection with Pilgrim Street and walk up the winding trail to the Cathedral. As the magnificent...More

2  Thank LostPict
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Cathedral is so impressive. I've been to a lot of the large Cathedrals in Europe & this one is just as impressive The stained glass windows are gorgeous The Altar is breathtaking There is a fee to enter but it keeps the Cathedral running...More

Thank Carla H
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Martin S
1 September 2017|
Response from Exploratorius | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if there's a bad seat in the house, at least when the organ is being played. The pipes are at the front, but the horns are in the rear – and it's the most amazing organ I've ever heard in person. However, if... More
Martin S
1 September 2017|
Response from Jules060617 | Reviewed this property |
I did not attend a service in the main part of the cathedral so do not know anything about the acoustics and the visual aspects so regret unable to help you on this.
Wallie S
31 August 2017|
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Response from CRB50 | Reviewed this property |
There is a tower climb on Thurs evenings in the summer. They also have them several times a year, flower mart and sometimes in Sept for the anniversary celebration. You can go on line or call and ask about the next tower... More