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Great Height, Great Light: the Architecture of WNC Saturday February 1 2020 at 10:00 AM

× What are the basic elements shared by any Gothic building? Why is Gothic so well suited to religious structures? Through the Cathedral’s soaring walls and exquisite carvings, visitors explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes, and building methods.

Gothic Cathedrals have been described as a “symphony in stone.” In this tour, Washington National Cathedral’s 20th century Gothic structure--with its soaring walls, brilliant stained glass windows, exquisite carvings and tall towers--is used to introduce visitors to Gothic architecture. The tour identifies the unique characteristics of Gothic architecture and explains the brilliant technical innovations developed almost 900 years ago that allowed Medieval builders to construct these miracles of architecture and craftsmanship. Visitors will also learn how the Gothic style embodies a religious vision and see the evolution of English Gothic from its earliest manifestations to the glories of fan vaulting

Building WNC with Andy Bittner Saturday February 1 2020 at 11:00 AM

× Join the author of the Images of America book, Building Washington National Cathedral, on a 90-minute tour through the story of the longest-running construction project in the history of Washington D.C.Tour ticket holders receive 10% off their copy of the book,Building Washington National Cathedral, at the Cathedral’s gift shop.

Forged in Fire: Cathedral Ironwork Saturday February 1 2020 at 1:00 PM

× Master blacksmith Samuel Yellin called wrought iron the “salt and pepper of architecture.” Explore the magic of wrought iron in the Cathedral—from fantastic creatures to stunning flowers, all handcrafted and unique. A Cathedral Docent will explain the techniques that go into creating these works of art and talk about the master smiths whose work has contributed to the Cathedral's decoration. Visitors will learn about blacksmiths and their craft, followed by a walking tour both on the main and crypt levels to inspect a variety of wrought iron created by premier blacksmiths spanning almost one hundred years. These works include gates, grills, chandeliers, and candlesticks.

Great Height, Great Light: the Architecture of WNC Saturday February 1 2020 at 2:30 PM

× What are the basic elements shared by any Gothic building? Why is Gothic so well suited to religious structures? Through the Cathedral’s soaring walls and exquisite carvings, visitors explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes, and building methods.

Gothic Cathedrals have been described as a “symphony in stone.” In this tour, Washington National Cathedral’s 20th century Gothic structure--with its soaring walls, brilliant stained glass windows, exquisite carvings and tall towers--is used to introduce visitors to Gothic architecture. The tour identifies the unique characteristics of Gothic architecture and explains the brilliant technical innovations developed almost 900 years ago that allowed Medieval builders to construct these miracles of architecture and craftsmanship. Visitors will also learn how the Gothic style embodies a religious vision and see the evolution of English Gothic from its earliest manifestations to the glories of fan vaulting

Great Height, Great Light: the Architecture of WNC Monday February 10 2020 at 1:00 PM

× What are the basic elements shared by any Gothic building? Why is Gothic so well suited to religious structures? Through the Cathedral’s soaring walls and exquisite carvings, visitors explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes, and building methods.

Gothic Cathedrals have been described as a “symphony in stone.” In this tour, Washington National Cathedral’s 20th century Gothic structure--with its soaring walls, brilliant stained glass windows, exquisite carvings and tall towers--is used to introduce visitors to Gothic architecture. The tour identifies the unique characteristics of Gothic architecture and explains the brilliant technical innovations developed almost 900 years ago that allowed Medieval builders to construct these miracles of architecture and craftsmanship. Visitors will also learn how the Gothic style embodies a religious vision and see the evolution of English Gothic from its earliest manifestations to the glories of fan vaulting