In-Depth Tour

Forged in Fire: Cathedral Ironwork

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 1:00pm

Master blacksmith Samuel Yellin called wrought iron the “salt and pepper of architecture.” Explore the magic of wrought iron in the Cathedral—from fantastic creatures to stunning flowers, all unique and made by skilled hands. A wrought iron expert will explain techniques and talk about some of the master smiths who have contributed to the decoration of this great building. Visitors will hear briefly about blacksmiths and how they do their work and then will go on a walking tour both on the main level and the crypt to inspect a variety of wrought iron created by premier blacksmiths over almost one hundred years. Their works include gates, grills, chandeliers and candlesticks.

In-Depth Tours tours offer a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Reservations are encouraged but not required; space is limited. The tour meets at the west-end docent station, nave level, just inside the main doors.

Cathedral Extravaganza!
Experience Washington National Cathedral’s building and craftsmanship as never before! At 10 am or 2:30 pm, experience the grand architecture of one of the world’s largest cathedrals as you learn what makes this 20th century cathedral unique during the Great Height, Great Light: The Architecture of Washington National Cathedral tour. At 11 am, tour with the author of Building Washington National Cathedral (Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series), Andy Bittner, as he takes you through the fascinating history of the construction of the Cathedral. Tour ticket holders receive 10% off their copy of the book, Building Washington National Cathedral, at the Cathedral’s gift shop. At 1 pm, spend time exploring the magic of wrought iron as you look closely at the handcrafted art and learn about the techniques in the Forged in Fire: Wrought Iron tour.

  • Admission
    • $22 per adult and $18 per child, senior, military and student (includes Cathedral admission cost)
  • Dates Offered
    • February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm