The Gargoyle That Ate DC! – a Tour of the Gargoyles of DC
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!
New Schedule the Winter of 2016 – 2017
We do two tours on each of the following Sundays, one at 10:30 AM and again at 1:30 PM. Each tour lasts about an hour and a half and the price per person is $30. Call for the price for groups. The tours run on the following Sundays:
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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 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 on Lych Gate Rd. This is also the same bus stop where the Old Town Trolley and other buses drop off.