Today, we toured the awesome
Cathedral. It was unbelievably huge!!! The stain
glass, gargoyles, carvings, mosaics and tapestries were amazing.
Washington National Cathedral is the
sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the
United States. Saint Johnís in New York City is the largest
cathedral in the United States.
The picture doesn't do it justice but
the cathedral is so grand and the light was shining through the
windows and reflecting on the vaulted ceiling. It was
beautiful! From the marble floor to the vaulted ceiling is 10
These windows depict a historical
scene from days of the Native Americans, along with an American
flag. Not sure how that relates to the scene but it sure was
pretty. There are 215 stained glass windows in the Cathedral.
This is the Space Window
commemorating the Apollo 11 mission and holding a piece of moon
rock brought back by its crew.
This is the High Altar located in the
nave. There are 110 carved figures. The Bishop's chair
is on the left.
some of the mosaics
This is President Woodrow Wilson's
tomb. He is the only president buried in the National
Also interned there, is Helen Keller
and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. The Braille words on the
plaque marking Keller's grave have been nearly rubbed raw by the
many fingers that have read them over the years.
our friends' webpage on our outing.
We all loved the gargoyles on the
outside of the cathedral. There are 112 gargoyles and
grotesques. The reason for the gargoyles and grotesques is to
serve as the building's guttering system. Gargoyles carry
excess water away through pipes running through their mouths.
grotesques deflect rainwater by bouncing it off the top of their
heads, noses, or other projecting parts and away from the stone
Yes, there really is a Darth Vader
one!!! Read about it
It's WAY up high and my camera could
barley zoom in on it. Here's a better picture.
Here's another cool looking
Here are some of our favorite
The Ugliest Monster
Down Gazing Dragon
Click here to see
Ramsey Central's webpage on the gargoyles.
To see more of the great gargoyles,
Emily really liked these carvings.
We actually went to the National
Cathedral to see the Creches from around the world. We
found them on display in the crypt.
This one was from Kenya and was
made from Coke cans. This was my favorite one.
This one is from the Artic -
notice the cute little igloo.
This one was made from seed pods
- sadly, I forgot where it was from though.
This one was made of slate - I
also can't remember where it is from.
We all got to vote on our
favorite ones. Fun!