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Washington National Cathedral

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Address: Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW, Entrance on Wisconsin Ave., Washington DC, DC
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This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to...

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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A Gothic jewel

In a city full of free attractions, the Cathedral chooses an admission fee. But it's worth it. It is a magnificent building, with beautiful windows, wonderful chapels, (and just... read more

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In a city full of free attractions, the Cathedral chooses an admission fee. But it's worth it. It is a magnificent building, with beautiful windows, wonderful chapels, (and just to the south of the main entrance doors), a very good cafe.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had the pleasure of attending the Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist service. I have seen the cathedral many times on television but those images do not do it justice. This place of worship is beautiful. I was able to sit pretty close to the front of the church - only a few rows away from the pulpit. My visit happened... More 

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Thank JeVel L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had no idea this was on our trolley tour. I stopped off and snapped some great shots of the exterior. I paid the $12 to go inside. such a treasure. Got looks of amazing photos and spent way to much at the gift shop ! A must see for DC trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a wonderfful, though slightly odd, cathedral. It looks and feels as an old building, while it was built the previous century - hence the Darth Vader gargoyle and such. Great views of the city.

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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is absolutely breath taking! We visited last year on Easter Sunday. We did have to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating. The cost was minimal at $3 a ticket and it went to the Church so we didn't mind to pay. The service was beautiful and different for us (we are not Catholic) But I wanted my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral is large and worth a visit if you haven't been to many European cathedrals it's a great example. There is one standout that sets it apart from all others. Darth Vader is one of the gargoyles on the backside of the left tower if facing the main front entrance to the cathedral. bring binoculars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It took more than a century to build, and this Washington icon is worth the trip. Currently undergoing some repairs for damage sustained during the 2011 earthquake, the Cathedral is open, and volunteer docents are on hand to guide you through the amazing stories and characters - the beautiful rose windows; the stained glass window with a piece of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church was a great surprise. While we expected it to be pretty we were stunned by its beauty. I've been to Notre Dame cathedral and found this more beautiful. You can tour quite a bit of this and it is truly massive. We spent several hours walking around. You may want to check the web site before you go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting there was half the fun as we drove up embassy row with all the different foreign embassies. THe Cathedral architecture was simply beautiful and stunning. We were lucky enough to hear the organ during a tour and it was awesome. We walked around the entire building and checked out all the nooks and crannies. It was well worth the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

People! You will definitely be awed, inspired at this structure! This building was constructed, with sweat, and more sweat. A tornado, ripped some spires off, and to see them on the ground, unmovable, by 20 of the strongest bodies, it is amazing.

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