Saturday, April 09, 2016

D.C. Trip: Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. It is of neo-gothic design and very cool to visit. Construction on the cathedral begin in 1907 and 83 years later the final finial was put in place. Until January 2014 it was free to visit the cathedral, but now a fee is charged to help offset the high cost of maintaining a building of this size.

The cathedral is one of my favorite places to visit in D.C., but it's not easy to get to because it is a mile or more from a metro stop. We visited the cathedral the day before we left and the weather had turned cold and windy. It was a long walk to cathedral. 

The exterior of the cathedral is awe inspiring with its flying buttresses, towers, spires and gargoyles. The interior is just as impressive with its stained glass windows, tapestries, mosaics, and paintings. We did not take the tour but instead wandered around on our own.

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