The Washington National Cathedral, the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the U.S., is one of the District’s biggest tourist attractions.
The church has been under scrutiny recently. Among its many stained glass windows are two that memorialize Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, with two images of the Confederate battle flag. At the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the windows were installed in 1953.
In June 2016 a decision was made to replace the flags with plain windows and use this action as a starting point for a series of discussions on race, slavery and justice. Eventually a decision will be made on how to treat other depictions of the Civil War in the Cathedral.
Access to the church is free. Tours, concerts and other special events are offered at a nominal charge. Now is a good time to visit and perhaps see the replacement windows.