Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America has been named after the first president of the United States, George Washington. Home to a number of national parks, sanctuaries, rivers, and mountains, Washington DC never fails to attract tourists, who visit the city annually.
The Washington National Cathedral is one of the famous and beautiful landmarks in the city that one would definitely like to visit during their Washington DC bus tours. Below is what you could see in the Washington National Cathedral.
A Visit to the Washington National Cathedral
The Washington National Cathedral is considered as one of the largest cathedrals in the world; it is the second largest church and the fourth tallest structure in the United States. Built in English style Neo-Gothic architecture, it took nearly 83 years to complete the building. From the stained glass windows to hand-embroidered kneelers, the cathedral has many artistic details to see. If reserved in advance, visitors could see the hidden parts of the Cathedral and art in its truest form.
The Washington National Cathedral is a seat of both the presiding bishop as well as the Diocese of Washington. The Cathedral is also the burial place of Helen Keller and President Woodrow Wilson, among other prominent names. The top of the three-hundred-foot tower, which is 206 m above the sea level, is the highest point in Washington.
The final design of the Cathedral holds influences from various Gothic styles of the Middle Ages. The flying buttress, pointed arches, stained-glass windows, carved decorations, ceiling vaulting, etc., astonish all the spectators without fail. There are many other artworks in the Washington National Cathedral as well, including space window, honoring man’s landing on the moon, etc.
Frederick Law Olmsted, an eminent landscape architect, designed the 59-acre Cathedral close to which is an oasis modeled on the grounds of the medieval cathedrals. Most of the building is constructed using buff colored Indian limestone. Numerous gargoyles and grotesques adorn the exterior and most of these are designed by carvers. Interestingly, the Cathedral was built with many intentional flaws that sought to depict that only God can be perfect.
On the south side of the Washington National Cathedral, one can see the Bishop’s garden, which consists of plants found in medieval gardens, plants that are mentioned in Bible, etc. Carillon recitals are held at the Cathedral every Saturday at 12:30 pm, and on Mondays and Wednesdays, organists discuss the great organ, which is followed by a mini-recital.