Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded as a church in 1904 to serve the Greek Orthodox residents of the District of Columbia. In 1962, the church was elevated to a cathedral. The building is in the Neo-Byzantine style with a central dome that reaches 24m in height.

The congregation met in temporary quarters for several years, prior to the construction of its own church near 8th and L Streets NW which was dedicated in 1924. This site is currently occupied by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Construction on the current edifice at 2815 36th Street NW, near Massachusetts Avenue and a short distance from the Washington National Cathedral, began in 1951. The congregation began worshipping there in 1955 shortly after major construction was completed. Although the building has been in use for over fifty years, the interior decoration is incomplete. Work began on the interior in 1965 and continues to the present.

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Founded: 1904-1955
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Alicia Clark (9 months ago)
This is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to. Every time I step into this church I feel peaceful and renewed! And I absolutely love Father Steve! He is a holy man and he also knows how to tie the real world the day-to-day into his sermons and christenings and weddings! If you've never been there you need to go, if your Greek Orthodox and you're looking for a church this is the place to go!
Charles C (10 months ago)
Visited for a classical concert, excellent acoustics. A real joy.
Karam Shammas (11 months ago)
It looks beautiful from outside, I couldn't go inside because it was closed. Maybe I will visit the church next time. I wish that they have daily prayer to attend. I checked online they have Bible study on Tuesdays at 7:00pm if you are interested in learning more about the Bible from the Orthodox perspective of view me which is represent the Apostles and the Holy fathers teachings based on the Holy Bible
Jennifer Taggart (2 years ago)
the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to.
S Renalds (2 years ago)
Excellent... If you can't make the services, they also offer a love stream
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