The most interesting thing about D.C.’s National Cathedral is not its beautiful windows or architecture, but its rich history that dates back to America’s first president and stays relevant to today’s biggest moments.
The idea of a non-denominational cathedral that was equally open to all was first conceived in 1791 by Major Pierre l’Enfant, who was commissioned by President George Washington.But it would have to wait until 1907, under Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, to come to fruition.
The first services were held in 1912 and the Cathedral was quickly accepted as a place for services of national focus, and services have been held daily since its opening. Memorable services include the dedication of Woodrow Wilson’s tomb in 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 sermon (which would be his last), and the National Prayer and Remembrance service on September 14th, 2001.
Visit the National Cathedral and experience a piece of the history of Washington D.C. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons visitors can enjoy tea, scones and tarts on the 7th floor of the West Tower. With a great view, it’s a nice way to stop and take it all in.