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WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IS THE SIXTH-LARGEST CATHEDRAL IN THE WORLD.
It's also the second-largest in the United States (the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is the largest, but is not complete). St. Peter's in Rome is the world's largest.
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THE MASSIVE FLYING BUTTRESSES ALONG THE OUTSIDE OF THE CATHEDRAL HELP SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF THE SOARING WALLS.
The buttresses allow the walls to go higher and for large stained glass windows to let colored light filter through to the inside.
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THE HIGH ALTAR IS MADE FROM STONE FROM SOLOMON'S QUARRY OUTSIDE JERUSALEM.
Ten small stones from the Chapel of Moses on Mount Sinai (representing the 10 Commandments) are set into the floor in front of the altar. Beneath the oldest altar in the Cathedral, in Bethlehem Chapel, lies the Cathedral's foundation stone, brought from fields near Bethlehem.
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MORE THAN 700 BOSS STONES, WHICH FUNCTION LIKE KEYSTONES IN AN ARCH, LINE THE CATHEDRAL CEILING.
Many are inscribed with depictions of the Nicene Creed, the basis of Christian belief. Architect Philip Frohman said just as the stones undergird and support the Cathedral, the beliefs from the Creed form the backbone of the Christian faith.
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THE CATHEDRAL FEATURES OVER 700 ANGELS AND OVER 1,200 GROTESQUE CARVINGS ON THE EXTERIOR.
This includes 112 whimsical and fearsome gargoyles, which function as drain spouts to push rain water away from the building.
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