Washington National Cathedral

  • The Cathedral labyrinth is a medieval design based on the one in the floor of the nave at Chartres Cathedral in France.
  • The Cathedral is home to one of the few old growth forests still standing in the nation’s capital, Olmsted Woods, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
  • The official name of Washington National Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Washington National Cathedral, The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • There is a sculpture of Darth Vader in the Cathedral.
  • He was put their during a contest for a new Gorgoil.

Cathedrals are Christian churches in which contains the seat of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese, conference, or episcopate.Although the word "cathedral" is sometimes loosely applied, churches with the function of "cathedral" occur specifically and only in those denominations with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and some Lutheran and Methodist churches.[2] In the Greek Orthodox Church, the terms kathedrikos naos (literally: "cathedral shrine") is sometimes used for the church at which an archbishop or "metropolitan" presides. The term "metropolis" (literally "mother city") is used more commonly than "diocese" to signify an area of governance within the church.
The word cathedral is derived from the Latin word cathedra ("seat" or "chair"), and refers to the presence of the bishop's or archbishop's chair or throne. In the ancient world, the chair was the symbol of a teacher and thus of the bishop's role as teacher, and also of an official presiding as a magistrate and thus of the bishop's role in governing a diocese.

  • The main exhibition case of the Rare Book Library occasionally displays the Cathedral’s first edition of the King James Bible, printed in London in 1611. This Bible belonged to Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James.

National Cathedral stone mason Joe Alonso impacts people's souls with stonework.

  • Weight of the entire Cathedral: 150,000 tons
  • Heaviest single stone: 5.5 tons
  • Height of Cathedral’s center tower: 30 stories tall
  • Total cost of building the Cathedral: $65 million
  • Total years of construction: 83
  • Number of stained glass windows: 231
  • Number of gargoyles: 112
  • Number of angels: 288

Washington National Cathedral, whose official name is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It is of neogothic design, and it is the sixth largest cathedral in the world, the second largest in the United States, and the fourth tallest structure in Washington, D.C.

The cathedral is the seat of both the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and its bishop of the Diocese of Washington, composed of the District of Columbia and the Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties in Maryland. It is an associate member of the Washington Theological Consortium.

The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, under the leadership of the nine Bishops of Washington, erected the cathedral under a charter passed by the United States Congress on January 6, 1893. Construction began on September 29, 1907, when the foundation stone was laid in the presence of President Theodore Roosevelt and a crowd of more than 20,000. Construction lasted 83 years. The last finial was placed in the presence of President George H. W. Bush in 1990. The foundation operates and funds the cathedral, which does not receive government funding.

The cathedral is located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest quadrant of Washington. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, it was ranked third on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.


Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Washington, DC 20016-5098

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3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-5098

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