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The Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral carved from Indiana limestone is the second largest cathedral in the United States and the sixth largest in the world. It took more than 83 years to complete the Cathedral with President Theodore Roosevelt laying the foundation stone 1907 and President George H. W. Bush laying the final finial in 1990. Designed in the shape of a cross, with a nave one tenth of a mile long, this Gothic building is reminiscent of the magnificent cathedrals in Paris and Chartres. It is complete with flying buttresses, an army of 112 gargoyles, 231 stained glass windows, and 110 sculptures. One of the stained glass windows on the nave level depicts the planets and the stars and is called “Scientists and Technicians.” It has an actual piece of moon rock embedded in the center.

The Cathedral has been the site of important State funerals such as such as President’s Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. President Woodrow Wilson and Helen Keller are interred here.

Every year, nearly 700,000 people visit the National Cathedral for Sunday Services, musical performances, lectures, and other events. The Cathedral, due to its design as our National House of Prayer, offers a spiritual home to all.

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