National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral, designated by Congress as the nondenominational National House of Prayer. It is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and second largest in the United States.

Natinal Cathedral Whasington DC In 1893, the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia was granted a charter from Congress to establish the cathedral. The commanding site on Mount Saint Alban was chosen.

National Cathedral Construction started in 1907 with a ceremonial address by President Theodore Roosevelt and the laying of the cornerstone. Construction of the cathedral resumed after a brief hiatus for World War I.

National Cathedral Funding for the National Cathedral has come entirely from private sources. Maintenance and upkeep continue to rely entirely upon private support.

National Cathedral The cathedral was built with many intentional "flaws" in keeping with medieval custom that sought to illustrate that only God can be perfect. Artistically speaking, these flaws draw the observers focus to the sacred geometry as well as compensating for visual distortions, a practice that has been used since the Pyramids and the Parthenon. Architecturally, it is thought that if the main aisle of the cathedral where it meets the cross section were not tilted slightly off its axis, a person who looked straight down the aisle would have a slight feeling of disorientation, like looking down railroad tracks.

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