Inspired by the Washington National Cathedral

I can’t believe I’ve been in the Washington, DC area for almost eight years now and I never visited the Washington National Cathedral. I finally made the trip last Saturday. I took advantage of a respite from the heatwave that came through earlier in the week. The main reason it took me so long to visit the National Cathedral is its lack of promixity to a Metro station. I had to take a bus going up Wiscousin Ave to a nice neighborhood north of Glover Park. The neighborhood really didn’t feel part of DC, but a suburb instead.

The National Cathedral is big, but I didn’t realize how big until I stood at the front entrance and looked up.


Even though it was a bright day, the way the sun was shining on the cathedral from behind made it darker than what it should be at that time of day.

The main hall was closed due to an special mass. I headed down the circular stone staircase to basically the basement or also known as the “crypt”. I figured it would take me at most ten minutes to explore it. I spent twice as much time wandering around, taking pictures of the spooky hallways and the quiet small chapels.



When I made my way back upstairs the special mass was over and the doors to the main hall were open. I was blown away by the magnificent high ceiling.



I did a quick tour then made my way back to the bus stop. The cathedral’s architecture along with the lighting was inspiring as a photographer.

For the rest of my photos of the National Cathedral check out my Flickr set.

Matthew Dailey

Web developer, photographer, and Photoshop user.