The Washington National Cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Construction began in 1907 and it wasn’t 83 years later when the “final finial” was placed in 1990. It’s mission is to be the spiritual home for the nation. “It seeks to serve as a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in the churches, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world.” All faiths are welcome here.
We did not get to take a guided tour as we were there too early and the self-guided audio tour system was down. So we just walked around on our own and took some pictures.
The building was damaged in the 5.8 earthquake that hit the east coast on August 23, 2011. A lot of the elements on the exterior, especially the tall towers, are being restored. While this is being done netting has been placed above the seating area which unfortunately blocks the view of the highest arches.