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The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

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The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Washington National Cathedral


Structure générale

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murs de fondations porteurs
pierre de taille


église anglicane


  • Built with the same engineering used in Medieval times (but using modern tower cranes), the structure's masonry is all self-supporting, and uses no structural steel.
  • Like many of Europe's gothic churches, the National Cathedral has a variety of fearsome-looking gargoyles, but with a modern touch - one is a stylized businessman holding a briefcase.
  • Contains the tomb of President Woodrow Wilson.
  • The top of the building reaches 676 feet above sea level, making it higher than the Washington Monument even though the structure is shorter.
  • This cathedral weighs 150,000 tons.
  • There are 215 stained glass windows in the cathedral.
  • The principal stone used in the construction of the cathedral is Indiana limestone.
  • This is the second-largest church in the United States, after only the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
  • Construction lasted 83 years, starting and finishing on September 29th.
  • The paired towers at the west entrance are 234 feet tall.
  • The Cathedral welcomes nearly 700,000 visitors and worshippers annually.
  • There are 110 gargoyles on the Cathedral.
  • The first tract of land for the 30-acre Cathedral site was purchased in 1898 for $245,000. Two other parcels of land were purchased later, bringing the total cost to $291,427 and the total area to fifty-seven acres.
  • The Gloria in Excelsis central tower contains a 53-bell carillon from John Taylor Bell Founders (in the lower belfry) and a 10-bell peal from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Both were cast and installed in 1963, and together they make this tower unique in the world in having both a carillon and a peal.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt was present for the foundation ceremony.

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3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
District of Columbia
États-Unis d'Amérique

Données techniques

301,00 ft
301,00 ft
517,67 ft
289,75 ft
$65 000 000

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  • L'immeuble est connu dans cette ville
  • Le titre de cathédrale a été officiellement accordé
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