The National Cathedral is a majestic structure, built in the early twentieth century in a striking Neo-Gothic style. It’s actually the second largest church building in the entire country, and is certainly among the most magnificent pieces of architecture in all of Washington, DC. In fact, it often makes the list of must-see buildings in DC according to architecture buffs and history fans!
Some of the artistic and architectural highlights of this building include the famed Rose Window, the ex nihilo sculpture, sculptures of St. Peter and St. Paul, and the Space Window (which actually includes a real lunar rock as part of the window design). There are also a number of fun and silly little gargoyles, including the “yuppie gargoyle” and the “master carver gargoyle.” Among other can’t-miss details? A sculpture of Darth Vader, located on the “dark side” of the church.
Specialty tours are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of redemption. All tours are subject to availability. No phone reservations will be accepted.
Please follow signs to the main visitor entrance. Enter through the small set of wooden doors on the left-hand side of the building.