The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Structure in General
- 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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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- Cathedral title is officially assigned