The Cathedral will be closed Friday, Jan. 20 and until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the Inaugural Prayer Service.

What to See

Canterbury Pulpit

The Canterbury Pulpit is where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last Sunday sermon before his assassination.

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Rood Screen

The rood screen marks the transition from the Crossing, at the center of the Cathedral, to the Great Choir and the High Altar.

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Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel was designed for a 6-year-old child and is a popular site for baptisms.

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Holy Spirit Chapel

This small but beloved chapel is a microcosm of the larger Cathedral, displaying liturgical arts of wood, iron, stained glass and needlework.

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High Altar

The High Altar is the culmination of the Cathedral’s creation narrative, pointing toward the redemption of the world through the triumphant Christ.

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George Washington Bay

The statue of America’s first president seeks to portray him as a man of faith making his way to church.

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Lincoln Bay

The nation’s 16th president is memorialized in the Lincoln Bay, which celebrates themes of reconciliation and reunion.

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Vaulted Ceiling

The vaulted ceiling provides support for the airy roof, but also spells out the theological underpinnings of the Christian faith.

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Great Choir

The Great Choir features seats reserved for high-ranking bishops and the chaplains of the U.S. House and Senate.

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Mother Teresa

The Catholic nun who cared for the poorest of the poor is recalled as a patron saint for human rights.

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Rosa Parks

The civil rights heroine ignited the movement to end racial segregation and pricked the conscience of a nation.

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Jonathan Daniels

Jonathan Daniels was a young Episcopal seminarian who gave his life for the cause of civil rights.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The former First Lady is recognized for her post-war role as chairperson of the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights.

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Helen Keller

The famed advocate for the blind and disabled is buried alongside Annie Sullivan in the Cathedral crypt.

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John Walker

The first black bishop of Washington was an outspoken foe of apartheid and also helped complete construction of his beloved Cathedral.

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Archbishop Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero was a fighter for human rights and the poor before he was assassinated in 1980.

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Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church’s relations with other Christians.

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor who was martyred by the Nazi regime and knew all too well the cost of discipleship.

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Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer was a theological tour de force of the early 20th century but devoted his life medical missionary service.

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Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman provided much of the theological underpinnings of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Works of Mercy

Together, the six figures at the high altar challenge believers and nonbelievers alike to be a force for compassion in the world.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

The sculpture of Dr. King recalls his last Sunday sermon before his death, preached at the Cathedral in 1968.

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