Photographer's Note

Easter 2009

Pictured here is the high alter in the Washington National Cathedral. Fresh flowers adorn it and the 83,000 square feet of the Cathedral’s interior space. On Saturday, the day before Easter, altar guild volunteers busily work on transporting, grouping and arranging thousands of flowers to decorate as many as twenty areas and chapels in the Cathedral.

The Cathedral, completed in 1990, is the second largest Gothic cathedral in the United States and the sixth largest in the world. It is made mostly of Indiana limestone. One of the more than 200 stained glass windows in the Cathedral has a rock from the moon embedded in the center. A number of wood carvings, statues, tapestries, and other works of art enhance the beauty of this magnificent church.

The top of the National Cathedral is the highest point in Washington, D.C. and the third tallest building. Because the Cathedral is built on Mount St. Alban, very high ground, it can be seen from many places in the city and surrounding area and appears taller than other buildings.

The view from the balcony of the church.

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