Sunday, July 23, 2017


The following photos were taken below ground level, where there are five small chapels known as The Crypt.

This is The Resurrection Chapel, and contains mosaic scenes which depict the appearances of Jesus following his resurrection.

The mosaics in the back were designed by one of the most prolific and long-lived cathedral artists, Rowan LeCompte and his wife Irene.  

So the story goes, Mr. LeCompte became enamored by the stained glass on a visit to the cathedral when he was 13 years of age, and he took up the craft.

He has designed more than 40 stained-glass windows for the cathedral, including the great West Rose Window and all of the clerestory (top-level windows in the nave).

If interested I found a YouTube video on the making of the mosaics.  If you can't see it below, the link is here.  The video wasn't very clear at times but the narration was informative.

The cathedral would appeal to those who are not Christian, and people of all faiths can be seen here. It truly is a magnificent structure, and its architecture, history and artwork is amazing.

This is the final resting place of Alfred Harding, the second bishop of Washington National Cathedral, his wife Justine and their infant son.

I am not sure where I found the painting below, except that it was in the crypt.  A hallway between chapels perhaps.

The only other we entered was The Bethlehem Chapel.  We intend to go back to see the others.

There was a lady here.  She was sitting in a pew to the side, quietly reading a book.  After the hot, muggy weather outside, the coolness underground was very much a comfort.  One could sit in quiet contemplation for a long time without being disturbed.  

Bethlehem Chapel was the first part of the cathedral built on top of the foundation stone, at what is now the crypt level.   Beneath its altar is that foundation stone, which contains a piece of rock from a field near Bethlehem.  It was set on September 29th, 1907, in a ceremony attended by President Theodore Roosevelt.

A worship service has been held here every day since it was finished in 1912.  Bethlehem Chapel was dedicated to the first bishop, Bishop Satterlee, whose remains are laid to rest behind the altar in an alabaster sarcophagus, along with those of his wife Jane.  Bishop Satterlee was a major player in getting the cathedral constructed.  

The chapel also contains the tomb of Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Spanish-American War and later a member of the Cathedral Chapter.

More photos of our time at the cathedral in later posts.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


I sound half alseep while narrating this video but we had just walked all over, and up a very steep hill in the gardens, plus the fact that it was extremely hot and muggy.  Excuses over!

I had to smile when I played this back and was talking about the Canada Geese, and knowing what a mess they make but I still love them.  Shortly after I said that, one of them dropped a package, to prove a point.  I only saw this when I played the video back on the larger screen of my laptop.  One eye-roll later I decided to share the video anyhow and yes, I still love them.

Our walks here are very enjoyable, and with plenty of benches in nice, quiet, shady spots, it is lovely to sit for a spell and enjoy the surroundings.

Hope you enjoy.