Seeing Deeper: Space, Light & Sound

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CATHWhen: Monday, February 13, 7 – 10PM
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW – Perry Auditorium, Washington, DC
Cost: Free
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Marvel at a vast, open space unlike anything you’ve seen in Washington. Unique lighting highlights the gothic architecture and invites you to “see deeper.” Wander the nave or walk the labyrinth. Sit or lie down and let the haunting strains of the Native American flute wash over you. Find your place in this special place.

The National Cathedral is a spiritual resource for our nation: a great and beautiful edifice in the city of Washington, an indispensable ministry for people of all faiths and perspectives, and a sacred place for our country in times of celebration, crisis, and sorrow.

Did you know?

  • The Space Window on the south aisle of the Cathedral contains a piece of lunar rock.
  • There is a sculpture of Darth Vader on the Cathedral.
  • The central tower is the only place in North America to house both peal and carillon bells.
  • The Cathedral labyrinth is a medieval design based on the one in the floor of the nave at Chartres Cathedral in France.
  • The official name of Washington National Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The Cathedral is home to one of the few old growth forests still standing in the nation’s capital, Olmsted Woods, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
  • The Cathedral was completed 83 years to the day after it was begun (September 29, 1907–September 29, 1990).
  • The first tract of land for the Cathedral site (30 acres) was purchased in 1898 for $245,000.
  • Two other parcels of land were purchased later, bringing the total cost to $291,427 and the total area to 57 acres.
  • Washington National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the United States. (The largest Church in the world is St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The largest cathedral in the United States is Saint John the Divine in New York City.)


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