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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Washington, D.C. by Susan Burke, Ron Burke

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Washington National Cathedral

This glorious Gothic building is the focus of public spiritual life for the city and the nation. The structure – the sixth largest cathedral in the world – was completed in 1990, with a 10-story-high nave and a central tower 676 ft (206 m) above sea level, the highest point in the District of Columbia. Officially named the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the church is Episcopal but invites people of all faiths to worship.

  • Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves NW

  • 202 537 6200

  • www.cathedral.org

  • Open 10am–5:30pm Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm Sat, 12:45–4pm Sun (weekend hours subject to change for special events)

  • Donation

  • Dis. access

Building the Cathedral

In 1893 Congress granted a charter to construct Washington National ...

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