Washington's National Cathedral

Cora Wandel

Washington, D.C., United States

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In 1792, President George Washington established in Washington, DC, a “church intended for national purposes . . . assigned to the special use of no particular sect or denomination, or denomination, but equally open to all." It took two centuries to complete what has become known as the “National Cathedral.” As for the church being “of no particular sect or denomination,” in 1893 Congress established that the cathedral shall be for the Episcopalian faith, and its formal name became the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington. Today the National Cathedral, which was finally completed in 1990, is a majestic presence atop Mount Saint Albans, the highest area in Washington. It is the second largest cathedral in the United States (the tallest is the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, also in Washington), and the sixth largest cathedral in the world. In classic Gothic style, the National Cathedral is richly decorated with wood carvings, mosaics, and over 200 stained glass windows. On the main floor of the cathedral is the tomb of President Woodrow Wilson and his wife Edith, and in the “tombs” under the main floor are the remains of many others, including Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. The last high profile funeral at the National Cathedral was for President Ronald Reagan in 2004, and this Saturday, September 1, 2018, the funeral of Senator John S. McCain will be held here.

Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 100; TV: 1/500; AV: 7.1; FL: 17.0m; Lens: 17-85mm)

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