Wednesday, April 14, 2010

National Cathedral

On Saturday, in between setting up for the Crosslink International Annual Band-Aid Ball and attending it, we had several hours with nothing to do. It was a beautiful spring day, so we headed to the National Cathedral. Ryan had never been before, and I'd only seen on a 4th of July weekend when it was packed, so we both enjoyed it.
View as we came out of the parking garage was stunning!

Gothic architecture is always fun. In the summer, they do gargoyle tours. The stone carvers had fun with lots of contemporary gargoyles.

Some of the gardens on the grounds.

Exterior of the rose window.

Tulips and peonies were amazing! This coming week is Virginia's Annual Garden Week, looks like there will be lots blooming.

The light turned into colors bouncing off all the stone. Perfect day to visit because all the stain glass windows were brilliant.

One of the many chapels inside.

Another chapel. Each one was in a different style.

More stained glass. With so many, it was hard to pick what to take pictures of.

Statue of Abraham Lincoln with a place to leave donations of items and food for the poor. The Episcopalian church has the art of donation down pat. The credit card kiosk to make donations was particularly impressive. We wandered through the exhibit of the making of the Cathedral and learned all sorts of interesting facts. Definitely worth a visit if you haven't seen it before.

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