Churches/ Cathedrals in Washington DC

Churches & Cathedrals in Washington DC, DC

Churches & Cathedrals in Washington DC

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  • wickersj
    Richardson, TX24 contributions
    We visited late morning on a Monday. No line to get in and staff were very friendly. We did a self guided tour, plenty of information on the printed map and brochure.

    There's a decent Cafe on the grounds. Good place to grab a light lunch before heading back downtown.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • William L
    Motley, MN45 contributions
    I spent an afternoon in and around the Basilica of the National Shrine and I could've spent another couple days and still not gotten my fill of this place. The exterior was gorgeous, nestled alongside Catholic University of America, which in itself is a very cool place. I only spent a short time around the exterior but will definitely spend more time when I go back. Inside it seemed that every turn led to new wonders and awe-inspiring beauty. I have been here before and have watched Mass online from the National Shrine, but I was still absolutely blown away by all that I saw. It reminded me of something a roommate once told me when I asked why the Church doesn't have simple churches; "beauty, along with truth and kindness, is one of the three transcendentals that lead to God. As such, Catholic churches seek to exalt God by expressing his glory through architecture."

    Food is available but I am not sure exactly when (I was there around lunch time and it was closed off, possibly for a private group), and daily Mass and Confession is offered, although it took me a while to find the confessionals.

    Overall, an absolutely jaw-dropping place and probably my favorite place to visit in D.C.
    Written 9 August 2022
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  • Maggi713
    Baltimore, MD11,685 contributions
    If you have never visited the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, you really should. It is a peaceful and tranquil place that offers you a glimpse of the Holy Land and the catacombs in Rome. It was dedicated in 1898. You can tour the historic church and the catacombs. You will see full-size replicas of shrines of the Holy Land - Mount Calvary, Holy Sepulchre, plus the catacombs, Purgatory Chapel, and Annunciation and Nativity grottos. They offer tours daily – due to Covid restrictions, you must make a reservation. Tours and parking are free.

    You will be delighted to see the 100+ Nativity sets from the collection of Roger and Marguerite Sullivan. They traveled the world and collected over 500 Nativity sets. The Nativity sets are on exhibit here until January 6, 2022. It is quite a collection – you will be surprised at the sizes and materials used.
    Written 1 January 2022
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  • Hans-Olof H
    Stockholm, Sweden835 contributions
    This beautiful Cathedral is unfortunately squeezed in between some residential buildings. The interior is even more beautiful than the exterior. It is a Romanesque building built about seven hundred years after this style became out of style in Europa. Still, it is very attractive and have an almost Byzantine style with a lot of mosaics. Especially a mosaic of St Francis of Assisi over an entire wall is breath-taking. This Cathedral of St Matthews the Apostle is not highly regarded in guidebooks. I cannot understand this, it is well worth a visit.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Irene M
    San Antonio, TX3,683 contributions
    I love an old church when you walk in you can feel the prayer. Small church has mass every day at noon. Opens at 730 for prayer. The beautiful statues the angels that hold the holy water on each side. I had never seen that before.
    Written 9 September 2019
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    A Beautiful Church - Church of the Presidents

    I have visited St John’s Episcopal Church many times, as we often stay in that neighborhood.

    On this March visit, we were just across the street, at the Hay-Adams Hotel, and I was glad that I visited again.

    Besides being lovely, it is very historic, and worth the look around, regardless of one’s religion. Even though I am Jewish, and my wife a Catholic, this is a great church to visit.

    Besides the unique history, it is lovely, and intimate, and well-worth the half-hour to explore

    Unfortunately, I had no idea that rioters would set fire to this beautiful church, not too long after I visited it.
    Written 16 October 2020
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  • leesewgood
    Washington DC, DC38 contributions
    St. Augustine Catholic Church is Washington DC used to be located near 15th the former site of the Washington Post Newspaper. The church usually has four masses: Saturday 4 pm, Sunday 8 am, Sunday 10 am and Sunday 12:30 pm. It is open and welcoming. There are many ministries and church groups that serve the community. You have the Sodality, Young Adult Association, Health Ministry, RCIA to learn about the Catholic faith, Bible Study, Sunday School, Parish Council, and Holy Name men's group. There is St. Augustine Catholic school which continues to have nuns assisting with the education of our young people. I know that St. Augustine gives the best, affordable, private elementary school education in the heart of Washington DC and graduates continue to excel.
    Written 26 April 2020
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  • Kathryn H
    Sonoma, CA429 contributions
    I happened upon this magnificent church as I was exploring the neighborhood.. it is a lovely spiritual sanctuary. I would have stayed longer, but they were getting the church ready for an evening event. The guard graciously let me go up to the sacristy and allowed me to take photos.
    When I am again in DC, I will arrange for a tour of this church.
    Written 20 October 2019
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  • dcvagabonds2015
    Washington DC, DC6 contributions
    This church offers a "Music at Midday" series of organ concerts on Fridays from September through December and February through June. The organ is one of the largest in the country and the organists come from around the country and the world to perform on it. The music ranges from classical Bach to ragtime to modern movie scores like Star Wars. Music begins at 12:15 pm and run 45 - 60 minutes. A wonderful noontime break for anyone who enjoys organ music in a beautiful setting. Concerts are free but any donation is always appreciated. Afterwards, go for lunch along 14th St NW / Logan Circle just a few minutes away. A good way to spend an hour or so in this neighborhood.
    Written 12 December 2019
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA7,204 contributions
    On my recent DC visit, I was staying just up the street from this beautiful old church. As I was walking past, I asked a churchgoer if I could have a quick look at the beautiful organ. They invited me in for service, even after I explained I was actually on my way to Catholic mass at the nearby parish.

    The artwork, architecture and setting were beautiful and the choir sounded delightful. After services, I was also invited for food and drink in the church hall. A very welcoming congregation to this out if area visitor. And a very inclusive ministry. All are welcome.
    Written 23 January 2020
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  • TravelBees8
    Orange County, CA372 contributions
    The draft leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in Lincoln's handwriting preserved here behind a special protective orange glass. Our friend who lives in D.C. knew about this hidden gem and took us here where we were immediately greeted by I believe a lead pastor. He kindly gave us a tour into the room that housed this document. Lincoln had nice penmanship and to be that close to such an important part of history is amazing! We made a donation to the church as payment for the tour.
    Written 2 April 2018
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  • b0nniederby
    Monterrey, Mexico39 contributions
    My family and I are visiting DC the month of July. I have had the privilege of attending mass for the past three sundays in this church. The sermons are among the best I have ever heard, the voices of the singers reminded me of broadway. I have never reviewed a church before but I have had such good experience I felt compelled to write this one.
    Written 23 July 2017
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  • HelenaGuerra
    Washington DC, DC14,504 contributions
    Beautiful red brick church in Penn quarter. It has a lot of history and you should read about it before visiting because it improves the experience significantly. It was designed by the same architect that designed a number of other famous landmarks in DC so that is why it looks familiar when you first see it.
    Written 25 July 2015
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  • SUBZEROSKIDD10
    Thetford, VT768 contributions
    My sister attends this festival every year and brought me along while I was visiting DC. This is a unique festival held at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral each year. There are so many different tents to explore and culinary delicacies to taste. Make sure you go inside the church to the lower level where there are additional food options. The gyros were so fresh and authentic. I’m glad I attended this Greek festival and hope to get back again next year.
    Written 10 November 2019
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  • Andrew
    Washington DC, DC4 contributions
    I came here for a speaker series in 2013 and was impressed with the space. I eventually became a church member. The sanctuary is historic and restored, a great example of early 20th century architecture. The fellowship hall and other event spaces are only about a decade old and have a great steel-and-glass aesthetic. The community is warm and welcoming.
    Written 30 September 2019
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