Photographing the National Cathedral

National Cathedral

You can’t take a bad photo in the National Cathedral. Oh, you can always take an average one, but the Cathedral is one of my favorite places in town and begs to be photographed.

Forget the outside unless you have a proper lens. An iPhone won’t handle its size. But the inside is just fascinating.

First, individuals can take the elevator to the seventh floor for its grand views. The best in town, really. I can see RFK Stadium completely across town on a clear day as well as many iconic venues. You’ll also get a close up to some of the steeples.

I love walking the stone hallways for photos like the one above. The twists and turns are fascinating, urging you to keep walking. You’re usually alone to make it feel even more personal.

The main level of the church has stained windows that come alive depending on the sun’s location. There are so many statues to focus upon. And don’t forget to go below to see other chapels and stone work.

One caveat – no photos during Sunday sermons or people in prayer. Seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes people don’t think.

The Bishop’s Garden is beautiful during the warm months and a perfect foreground to the Cathedral.

About Rick

Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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