Meet a Gargoyle – a Tour of the Gargoyles of DC

Speed of Life Tours Presents:

A walking tour of the gargoyles at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

New Dates and Smaller Sized Groups!

We will be doing smaller groups now. The size of the tours will be limited to 12 people per tour.  Be sure to bring binoculars!

Tour Info:

We do two tours each day, one at 10:30 AM and again at 1:30 PM.  Each tour lasts about an hour and a half.  Call for pricing for individuals and groups.  The tours run on the following days:

February 9
March 16
April 4
May 11
February 23
March 30
April 6 May 25
April 20
April 27

For more information contact or call 703-782-6063.

The tour:
Always a favorite, we’ll be doing an outside tour of the gargoyles at the National Cathedral.  These imaginative carvings depict monsters, dogs, cats, birds, horses and even one of the carvers, whose hot temper lead to him being portrayed as a devil whose head explodes in a mushroom cloud!

The back story:
I had the good fortune to  know one of the last of the old master carvers, Constantine Seferlis, who’s sense of humor could no be suppressed.  We will trace his style as it developed from traditional carving of little beasties to lighthearted portrayals of the donors, often times with a visual pun on their name, career or hobby.

We’ll also see several different themes to the gargoyles.   Some have religious or moral themes, some realistically portray animals, and others are works of total imagination!

The Location:
The Cathedral is located on Wisconsin Ave. just past the corner with Massachusetts Ave., NW. The tour starts at the bus stop on the northbound side of Wisconsin Ave., in front of St. Albans parish church. This is also the same bus stop where the Old Town Trolley and other buses drop off.

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