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Washington National Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, also known as the Washington National Cathedral is an Episcopal church located in Washington, DC. It is at one of the highest altitudes in the District. Despite its name, it is completely private and supported by charity rather than taxes. Its cornerstone was laid in 1907, and its construction was not completed until 1990.[1]

Despite its denominational affiliation, it strives to serve the following ecumenical purposes:[2]

"A National House of Prayer for All People"
"A Great Church for National Purposes"
"The Chief Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington"

This Cathedral held the funerals for Former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.[3]

In September 2017, the church voted to remove stained glass windows that had been installed in the 1950s honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.[4]

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  4. "Washington National Cathedral to remove windows honoring Confederate generals", Washington Times, September 6, 2017. Retrieved on September 7, 2017.