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Famous as being the first mosque ever to be built in the capital city, Fazl Mosque or better known as the American Fazl Mosque dates back to mid 1900's and has also served as a headquarters for a well-known Muslim community. With as much Muslim population in the city, this religious site is frequented by a large number of believers. Although non-Muslims are not allowed inside the mosque, one can visit this place just to admire its intricate architecture.
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church is a red brick building in Washington DC. Along with religious congregations and services, picnics and discussions are also held here regularly. Participate in the lecture on 'Meaning of Jesus' which is a book discussion on various schools of thought within Christianity. You can also be a part of the flower service, wherein you arrange flowers on the altar. And if the young think they are not being involved, then that's not true. Special programs on childhood and adulthood are held on Sundays. Those of you who sing well can be a part of Bell Choir, Chancel Choir, Children's Choir and concerts.
This predominantly African-American congregation has been worshipping here for over 100 years. Mount Zion United Methodist Church has a strong presence in the community through ministry and spiritual outreach programs that include all ages and cultures. The historic church building and cemetery served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and were featured in the best-selling novel, River Cross My Heart by Breene Clarke.
This gorgeous church is a city landmark, tucked away among lovely townhouses in Georgetown and just down the street from Georgetown University. A plaque on the front gate proclaims the church as John F. Kennedy's place of worship during his short tenure as president. The white-columned interior is elegant but not ostentatious, filled with light streaming through enormous stained-glass murals. For either group worship or solitary reflection, the church is a wonderful sanctuary from Georgetown's busy streets.
As the nation's capital grew in the mid-19th century, there was an increasing need for more places of worship. St Paul's was first established in 1866 near Washington Circle and remained there until the end of World War II. The parish is noted for being the first Anglican Church in the United States to hold a midnight mass in 1870. It is also the the home of the first vested choir in Washington and the site of the first choral service in the city.
Often unnoticed because of its proximity to the Washington National Cathedral, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral is one of the largest halls of worship in the city. DC's Greek community has been worshiping at this Orthodox church for generations. Saint Sophia, or "Hagia Sophia," as it is known, hosts an annual Greek Festival on its grounds, offering traditional food and a lively, yet spiritual atmosphere. Celebrations during the Easter season are very special events.
Built in 1840, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle is both a beautiful and historical place of worship. St. Matthew is the patron saint of civil servants, so it is no wonder than this cathedral is the most prominent cathedral in the United States' capital. Each year, the special "Red Mass" is held for the Supreme Court justices, President's cabinet, members of Congress, and - sometimes - even the President himself. This "Red Mass" is so named for the color of the vestments worn by those holding the mass. This famous cathedral, which was designed by New York architect C. Grant La Farge, was also the place where President John F. Kennedy's funeral was held in 1963.
A frequent site of nationally significant memorial services, the National Cathedral is open to worshipers of all denominations. Under construction for most of the 20th Century and completed and consecrated in 1990, this Gothic cathedral is the sixth largest in the world. Flying buttresses, gargoyles, crypts, a 98-foot (30-meter) vaulted ceiling and many intimate chapels contribute to this architectural masterpiece. The grounds invite exploration with curving walkways, well-kept hedges and spacious lawns from which to view the city.