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