Washington National Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, commonly known as Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States.
The National Cathedral in Washington is considered to be the nation’s spiritual home and the United States Congress designated it as the ‘National House of Prayer”. Open to peoples of all faiths, this beautiful place of worship is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and a wonderful example of Gothic Revival architecture. Construction of the cathedral began in 1907.
The impressive façade features high towers, ornate decorative fixtures, and over 200 stained glass windows. Upon entering the cathedral, the striking vaulted nave is decorated with the flags of all fifty states. Stained glass windows depict events in U.S. history and significant statues of Washington and Lincoln grace the cathedral as well. The alter area features 10 stones from Mount Sinai’s Chapel of Moses. The tomb of President Woodrow Wilson is located in the cathedral and is the only presidential burial site within the boundaries of Washington D.C.
The cathedral is located on Wisconsin Avenue, in the northwest section of Washington. It is an easy drive from the city and can be reached via Massachusetts Avenue and turning right onto Wisconsin. The closest Metro station from central D.C. is DuPont Circle Station on the red line. From here bus connections are available along Massachusetts Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue. Buses serving this route are the N2, N3, N4 and N6.
From its elevated perch atop Capitol Hill, the towering dome of the U.S. Capitol building is the most visible structure in a city filled with landmarks. Not only is the capitol the centre of the legislative branch of government, but it is also the geographic epicentre of the city.