February 1, 2015
Officially, I have completed 13 months’ worth of a 365 Project. Time surely flies but January 1 seems like a long time ago. So much has happened since then.
Today, Kevin and I decided to take a drive around our nation’s capital, particularly for a visit to the National Cathedral. Neither of us had ever visited up-close before, only having seen it from surrounding area highways (but that’s how large/high it is… one can see it from miles away!).
The official name is the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and it is an “Episcopal church, supported by gifts from individuals from across the country, and does not receive operating support from the federal government or from any church denomination” (according to the pamphlet).
It is absolutely stunning. I think we were both in a bit of awe. I felt like I was back in Prague at St. Vitus Cathedral or in England at the York Minster. It has that kind of grandeur and it’s hard to believe it’s right here in our backyard. If you are ever in the DC area, I would highly recommend a visit to the National Cathedral. Walking around the property and through the ground and lower levels of the Cathedral will transport you back to a world filled with gothic castles and old world charm.
On Sundays, there are no tours of the Cathedral, but our mistake of visiting when the 4pm mass was being held allowed us to gain entry. We weren’t able to go too close to the High Altar where the mass took place, but this picture is the viewpoint leading up to it (from the left side, not center).