National Cathedral

National Cathedral

The elaborate Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington is a stunning church closely modeled on the English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century.

The National Cathedral, the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, is also the second-largest in the United States, and the highest as well as fourth-tallest structure in D.C. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the final Sunday sermon of his life here!

Among its countless fine architectural details and notable features are a number of intricate stained glass windows paying tribute to a company of great Americans, an intriguing resident collection of gargoyles and grotesques, a “Great Organ” – the largest pipe organ in Washington, D.C. – a statue of George Washington and a fantastically executed mural of Jesus’ burial. It is said the Cathedral was intentionally constructed with a number of obvious imperfections to highlight the understanding that only God is the author of perfection.

 

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