Spend an afternoon with us discovering the architectural majesty and secrets of one of the largest cathedrals of the world! The Washington National Cathedral is a 20th century Gothic cathedral and is the highest point in Washington DC. At 676 feet above sea level, the Washington Cathedral is higher than the Washington Monument and is the largest cathedral in the United States, and the sixth largest in the world. The tour will also present the opportunity to meet other ICDC Members, and following the tour, you are welcome to explore the garden of the Washington Cathedral on your own. Space is limited so please sign up early.
Construction for the cathedral began on September 29, 1907 under the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and was completed exactly 83 years later to the day on September 29, 1990. The Washington National Cathedral is built in the genuinely Classical Gothic-style as cathedrals were originally in Medieval France.
The Cathedral has three towers; St. Peter, St. Paul, and the highest standing tower of the three, the Gloria in Excelsis Tower which stands at a height of 300 feet above ground level, surpassing any other central towers of existing medieval English cathedrals.
During the tour you will discover these and other fascinating facts, figures, history, art, architecture, and secrets of the cathedral.