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The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, also known as The Washington National Cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic revival in the United States. In 1906 during a period where individuals were nostalgic of the middle ages, George Frederick Bodley and Henry Vaughan designed the plans for the extraordinary establishment. Sadly, in 1906 Bodley passed away and it was Henry Vaughan who carried out the plans for the Washington Cathedral in 1907. Ten years later however, with construction of the monument well under way, Vaughan also passed away. It would take another 73 years before the Cathedral was completed, with Frohman, Robb & Little Architects at the helm of its construction.
I know that the photos could never portray the real magnificence of experiencing the Cathedral first hand. Made with Indiana limestone and built without the use of steel support, it is built in the shape of a cross and stands at 160 meters in length and 92 meters in height. Complete with 215 stained glass windows, towering stone archways and 112 stone gargoyles throughout the Cathedral, you can see why people would want to recreate this whimsical design of medieval times. Many of the sculptures and features found inside the cathedral tell the tales of mankind’s biblical beginnings as well as the cathedrals humble beginnings. Inside the Cathedral is a heated stone floor and on the outside, a Darth Vader stone carving (YES – Luke’s father), are two of the few features that suggest a touch of modernism.