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Washington National Cathedral

One of the largest cathedrals in the US, the Washington National Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is a magnificent Neogothic structure standing 301 feet (91m) tall. The interior of the cathedral is just as grand, with the long, narrow sanctuary framed by buttresses, chancels, transepts and beautiful stained glass windows. The most famous of these is the Space Window, which contains a piece of moon rock brought back by Neil Armstrong from the Apollo 11 mission. The cathedral was finished in 1972, making it very young compared to most cathedrals of its stature. It is the final resting place of noted figures such as Helen Keller, President Woodrow Wilson and his wife, and Admiral George Dewey.

Address: 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Website: www.nationalcathedral.org

Telephone: (202) 537-6200

Opening times: Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 10am-4:30pm; Sunday 1pm-2:30pm.

Admission: $10 adults, $6 children aged 5 - 12. Visits for worship, prayer or religious services are free.