Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC

#4 of 54 in Historic Sites in Washington DC
Must see · Church · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Modeled on English medieval-style churches, Washington National Cathedral represents one of the largest cathedrals in the United States and the world. Originally begun in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the final piece was finally placed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, and accents and decorative work continued for even longer. Of particular note in the church is the organ, constructed of more than 8,000 pipes. Look for the grave of President Woodrow Wilson. Consult the cathedral's schedule if you'd like to attend an Episcopal religious service. To visit Washington National Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC travel route planner.
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  • A beautiful and well-kept building, and a very peaceful surrounding area. The gargoyles are quite interesting and there is one that looks like Darth Vader. A sign tells you how to find it but we had.....  more »
  • This cathedral is absolutely stunning. I was shocked to see the inside and learn the history of this building. Truly an underrated DC experience and is certainly a must do for first time visitors.  more »
  • There are no words to describe how beautiful and breathtaking the Washington National Cathedral is. Peaceful atmosphere, bells ringing for the perfect ambience, stunning architecture... Beautiful gardens with benches to sit down and relax. The surroundings are gorgeous as well. We really enjoyed our time here and the overall experience was great!
  • What can I say! The most magnificent place I have ever seen. The individual chapel's each had a story. They were setting up for a wedding while I was with Eagle Rock tours. Can you imagine a bride walking down that aisle?

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