- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 18, 2005

Facts and figures:

mThe cathedral has about 700,000 visitors and worshippers a year; it seats approximately 4,000 people.

mIt took 83 years to build.

• It weighs 150,000 tons; the average piece of stone weighs 300 pounds; the heaviest piece of stone is a 5.5-ton “boss” — a raised ornament in a vaulted ceiling — over the west balcony.

mThe center tower is as tall as a 30-story building. It is 676 feet above sea level, making its top the highest point in Washington. The cathedral is more than 500 feet long.

mThe north rose window, which is the cathedral’s largest stained-glass window, is 26 feet in diameter. The west rose window has 10,500 pieces of stained glass.

• There are 110 gargoyles, 215 stained-glass windows and 1,500 pieces of needlepoint at the cathedral.

• It is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world and the second-largest in the United States, after Saint John’s in New York City. The world’s largest cathedral is St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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