National Cathedral Photos - Washington, DC

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    National Cathedral Front View

    ••• National Cathedral Front View. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Cathedral, with its gothic style architecture, is an impressive structure that sits at the highest point in Washington, DC. It is a popular tourist destination and an interesting place to explore. Public tours are available daily. The Cathedral is non-denominational and has long served as a spiritual center where Americans unite to worship and pray, mourn the passing of world leaders, and confront moral and social issues.

    Click through to see photos and to learn more about the historic landmark.

    For visiting details, see Washington National Cathedral (Tours and Visiting Tips)

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    Inside the National Cathedral

    ••• Inside the Cathedral. Photo © Washington National Cathedral

    The official name of Washington National Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. In this photo, children proceed down the aisle during a prayer service.

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    Stained Glass

    ••• Stained Glass. Photo © Washington National Cathedral

    The Cathedral was built in 1907. The principal exterior building material is Indiana limestone. The interior has many unique features, among which are beautiful stained glass windows.

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    Bishops Garden Gate

    ••• Bishops Garden Gate. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This is the entrance to the Bishops Garden, one of the gardens on the grounds of the National Cathedral.
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    Bishops Garden

    ••• Bishops Garden. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Bishops Garden is beautifully maintained and features a wide variety of flowers and plants.
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    Gazebo at Bishops Garden

    ••• Gazebo at Bishops Garden. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    A gazebo is a gathering place at Bishops Garden, on the grounds of the National Cathedral.
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    Flowers & Shrubs

    ••• Flowers and Shrubs. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The gardens at the National Cathedral are a beautiful place to explore.
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    Grounds of the National Cathedral

    ••• Grounds of the National Cathedral. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Visitors are free to explore the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral.
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    Choir Performing at the National Cathedral

    ••• Choir Performing at the National Cathedral. Photo © Washington National Cathedral
    Many performances are held throughout the year at the National Cathedral.
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    National Cathedral at Night

    ••• National Cathedral at Night. Photo © Washington National Cathedral

    The National Cathedral is beautiful at night when it is illuminated.

    Read more about visiting the National Cathedral.