The National Cathedral

Another beautiful sight to see in Washington!  I have been here many times before, but today I had hoped it would be a lot quieter since it was a weekday.  As usual, it was another "rainy" summer day in DC.  I hoped that because of the dreary weather, the Cathedral would be fairly empty.   Turns was!  I had almost the entire church to myself. 

I spent the next few hours slowly making my way through the beautiful main cathedral...noticing every beautiful detail inside.  The hundreds of stained glass windows, the beautifully lit arches & archways, the gold & colorful mosaic tiles, the hand-carved ceilings - I just couldn't get enough of it!

I think the most impressive element of this cathedral is that the entire place is open to the public and is free to roam.  There are hidden chapels and secret passages which are all underground and connecting different parts of the church.  There is even an elevator to take you all the way up to the highest tower.  On a clear day, I can even see my house :) 

Being here, I realize how lucky I am to live near such a beautiful cathedral.  When I walk inside, I feel like I am back in Tuscany and visiting the small town of Assisi.   And when I was up in the tower and looking down onto the lush green landscape and lingering rain clouds above, I felt like I was visiting a castle in Ireland.  This place is so special to me - Enjoy!