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“Limited access due to earthquake damage”

Washington National Cathedral
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Washington National Cathedral Admission Ticket
Ranked #23 of 493 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilsons funeral and a prayer vigil for American hostages during the Iranian crisis.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The 2011 earthquake did some significant damage to the cathedral and as a result you will not be able to go to the observation level.
The organ demonstration is worth the cost of $12 for adults and $8 for children.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We attended Easter Sunday services here and were blown away by the music. It’s an Episcopal service with Holy Communion. The clergy could not have been more welcoming to people “at all stages of the faith journey,” regardless of a person’s “faith background or lack thereof.” It was a beautiful service that lasted about 90 minutes though it didn’t feel like it because the music kept us engaged and it’s a stunning building. I would highly recommend attending a service here - particularly on a Holy Day if you’re visiting then - given the chance.

A bit about logistics for anyone planning a visit on a Holy Day:

We reserved passes for the Easter service online the day the passed became available. Not sure how long it took for them to sell out, but I hear it’s quick. You don’t need admission passes to services on other “normal” Sundays that aren’t Easter/Christmas/maybe a few others. Check the website before you go.

The reservation fee for the passes was minimal, just enough to cover the cost of managing the process, mailing the tickets and printing the Easter program, if that. The doors opened at 10am for the 11:15am service and they request that you be in your seat by 11am. We drove in, found street parking within a block, and joined the line at 10:30am. It turns out we should have joined the line sooner for central seating (rather than the wings) but we were lucky to get balcony seating for our group of 5. They did check bags and confiscate food/drink on the way in (they warned us about that but I didn’t read the letter closely enough) and you can pick up the food on the way out, though mine was gone (perhaps people thought it was an Easter basket treat?). Many people stayed and took family photos in front of the flowers after the service. There was a range of attire, from Easter Sunday best (suits and ties) to more casual walking around clothes with tennis shoes. All were welcome.

Thank NKTexplores
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I enjoyed my tour of the cathedral. Our guide was knowledgeable, and the cathedral is beautiful. It doesn't have the history of European cathedrals, but it is beautiful. Helen Keller is buried there.

Thank MamaAyinde
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Another splendid cathedral worth visiting. Beautiful church inside. Worth walking around and viewing all of the interesting gargoyles outside. A great deal of architectural detail to enjoy. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the church.

Thank P F B
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This place is so beautiful. The stained glass, the exterior carvings depicting native people of North America (who knew)- literally all of it.

Thank COSprGrl
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