Washington National Cathedral

8 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Siubo11A/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Siubo11A/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, commonly known as Washington National Cathedral or National Cathedral, is an American cathedral of the Episcopal Church. The cathedral is located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The structure is of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century. It is the second-largest church building in the United States, and the third-tallest building in Washington, D.C. The cathedral is the seat of both the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Bruce Curry, and the bishop of the Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde. Over 270,000 people visit the structure annually.   read more…

Germantown in Maryland

1 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Germantown Library © Carol M. Highsmith - Library of Congress

Germantown Library © Carol M. Highsmith – Library of Congress

Germantown is an urbanized census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. With a population of 91,249 as of 2020 U.S. Decennial Census, Germantown is the third most populous place in Maryland, after the city of Baltimore, and the census-designated place of Columbia. Germantown is located approximately 28 miles (45 km) outside the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. and is an important part of the Washington metropolitan area.   read more…

Bethesda in Maryland

8 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Headquarters of Host Hotels and Resorts © G. Edward Johnson/cc-by-4.0

Headquarters of Host Hotels and Resorts © G. Edward Johnson/cc-by-4.0

Bethesda is an unincorporated, census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House (1820, rebuilt 1849), which in turn took its name from Jerusalem‘s Pool of Bethesda. The National Institutes of Health‘s main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, in addition to a number of corporate and government headquarters. As an unincorporated community, Bethesda has no official boundaries. According to the 2020 United States census, the community had a total population of 68,056.   read more…

Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

7 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and congressional office buildings © Library of Congress - Carol M. Highsmith

Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and congressional office buildings
© Library of Congress – Carol M. Highsmith

Capitol Hill, in addition to being a metonym for the United States Congress, is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., stretching easterly in front of the United States Capitol along wide avenues. It is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., and, with roughly 35,000 people in just under 2 square miles (5 km²), it is also one of the most densely populated.   read more…

United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

19 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  6 minutes

U.S. Capitol, west side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0

U.S. Capitol, west side © Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the federal district, the Capitol forms the origin point for the district’s street-numbering system and the district’s four quadrants.   read more…

Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street in Washington, D.C.

16 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street © AgnosticPreachersKid/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street © AgnosticPreachersKid/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pennsylvania Avenue is a diagonal street in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County, Maryland that connects the White House and the United States Capitol and then crosses the city to Maryland. In Maryland it is also Maryland Route 4 to MD-717 where it becomes Stephanie Roper Highway. The section between the White House and Congress is called “America’s Main Street”; it is the location of official parades and processions, as well as protest marches. Moreover, Pennsylvania Avenue is an important commuter road and is part of the National Highway System.   read more…

Kalorama in Washington, D.C.

12 February 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

24th Street NW © flickr.com - Tim Evanson/cc-by-sa-3.0

24th Street NW © flickr.com – Tim Evanson/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Kalorama area within the Northwest Quadrant of Washington, D.C. includes the residential neighborhoods of Kalorama Triangle and Sheridan-Kalorama. The area is accessible from the Dupont Circle and Woodley Park Metro stations, as well as various bus lines. Kalorama Triangle is bordered by Connecticut Avenue, Columbia Road, Calvert Street, and Rock Creek Park. Sheridan-Kalorama is adjacent, to the southwest, between Connecticut Avenue, Rock Creek Park, Massachusetts Avenue, and Florida Avenue.   read more…

Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C.

20 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  12 minutes

1900 Independence Avenue © flickr.com - Tim Evanson/cc-by-sa-2.0

1900 Independence Avenue © flickr.com – Tim Evanson/cc-by-sa-2.0

Independence Avenue is a major east-west street in the southwest and southeast quadrants of the city of Washington, D.C., running just south of the United States Capitol. Originally named South B Street, Independence Avenue SW was constructed between 1791 and 1823. Independence Avenue SE was constructed in pieces as residential development occurred east of the United States Capitol and east of the Anacostia River. Independence Avenue SW received its current name after Congress renamed the street in legislation approved on April 13, 1934. Independence Avenue SW originally had its western terminus at 14th Street SW, but was extended west to Ohio Drive SW between 1941 and 1942. The government of the District of Columbia renamed the portion of the road in the southeast quadrant of the city (west of the Anacostia River) in 1950.   read more…

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

25 March 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  7 minutes

Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol © flickr.com - Steve Jurvetson/cc-by-2.0

Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol © flickr.com – Steve Jurvetson/cc-by-2.0

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the District’s four quadrants. The United States Capitol Complex is a group of about a dozen buildings and facilities. The United States Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), located below the East Front of the Capitol and its plaza, between the Capitol building and 1st Street East, opened on December 2, 2008.   read more…

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