I've been living in DC for almost 5 years and it wasn't until two weeks ago that I finally had the chance to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Visiting the Cathedral was something on my list so when I bought my new lens, I took that as an excuse to visit.
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City of Diocese of Washington – its formal name, is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. It’s hard to miss since it’s 301 feet high and it has a 30-story-tall central tower. Apparently, it’s in the top 3 tallest buildings in DC so I’m sure you won’t miss it.
If you think that the exterior is breathtaking, wait until you go inside. It was my first time visiting a gothic church so I was really impressed. The designer in me was paying attention to all the little details that were inside the Cathedral. It’s huge and impressive. The stained glass windows are gorgeous too.
The National Cathedral took almost 83 years to build, but it opened for service in 1912. It has a Neo-Gothic architecture style, a medieval garden, and gargoyles and grotesques like a typical gothic church. It’s even said that there is a Darth Vader limestone grotesque. I didn’t see it, but if you google it, you will find a photo and information about the grotesque.
This Episcopal Church is open for service and musical performances. It’s free of charge during service, but outside of service hours is $12 the admissions for adults and $8 for children that are 5-17 years old. It offers a guided walking tour during the day, which I suggest you do if you like to learn about the history, architecture, and small details that you can’t find online.
Have you ever been to the National Cathedral? Have you ever visited a Gothic Church? Tell me below!