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Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-5000
+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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-5000
Upper Northwest
+1 202-537-6207
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Have been visiting this venerated sight since 1958 and have enjoyed watching the completion of this magnificent Gothic building. This building has interest and importance beyond being a very large Episcopal church. It shows how a Medieval Gothic cathedral was designed and constructed. In addition,...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 days ago

royal, resplendent with history and displays the the talent and capability to plan and execute in an era where no modern tools but ones hands and chisels were available to create this marvelous structure. high ceilings, carved walls, stained glass windows, huge in size and...More

Thank Shekar T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't seen the cathedral since I was in high school, so I was excited to see the changes. Unfortunately, the biggest change was caused by the earthquake! Excellent displays of the damage and continuing reconstruction. The former herb cottage is now Open City Cafe...More

Thank NapiliR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of nicest cathedrals in the world. Also because it's a national cathedral it has other elements that you wouldn't normally see. Such as the space window and dark Vader gargoyle. It is a ways out from the mall. We took the subway to...More

Thank Justin E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here on the morning of Christmas Day just before the Christmas service, so the space was very full with people and chairs. Nevertheless, we managed to see much of the cathedral and admire its amazing stained-glass windows, statues and more. Set at the...More

Thank phutty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral offers many levels of magnificence. There are incredible stained glass windows, statues, paintings, mosaics, and more. There are architectural delights inside and out. There are multiple gift shops. There are many levels of sanctuaries and tombs. There is a top floor with 360...More

Thank TeemareeDotCom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My granddaughter and I had a great tour with a great guide. This place is full of stories, art and history with daily worship. We were so impressed with all there. They have a chapel that is open to all other churches as needed for...More

Thank bethbroxton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time here even though we’ve been to DC many times. If you have time it’s worth half a day here. The architecture and windows are truly amazing! It’s a self-guided tour but you can join an actual tour group at certain...More

Thank deebug2470
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't get to take a guided tour, would have liked to but looked inside, its like the huge cathedrals in Europe. Must do on your list of where to go.

Thank Judy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to spot this Church from almost anywhere in the DC area as its towers reach high into the sky. Not quit as opulent as many great church's in Europe because it is no where near as old but still worth the time to visit...More

Thank FormerExpat2014
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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