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
Category: Religious sites in United States

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Christopher Chaconas (3 months ago)
Nothing else like the Saint Sophia experience. The Master Chanter is gifted. A definite must on Sunday.
Bo Mullins (4 months ago)
Oh my gosh this place is marvelous
The OverLord (6 months ago)
youtube wont show my great yia-yia Patra Hangemanole's funeral. i see someone else's funeral from the link sent. How can I find the service?
Betsy York (11 months ago)
Today was a very special day, a celebration of Jesus Christ birth. Saw some priests walking the streets with crosses in their arms. It helped to make everyone mindful of what a precious morning it truly was! Happy Birthday Jesus Christ!
Kathleen Mahurin Powell (16 months ago)
What a beautiful opportunity to worship with other Orthodox Christians in the city. The liturgy was beautiful as expected. At the time of our visit, the wheelchair ramp was under construction. Entry and exit from the church was not marked. When I asked parishioners, only the Theia in the wheelchair knew. This is not the most welcoming church to visitors, no greeters. No one looked at us during coffee hour. But that is not why we attended. We were glad to have the chance to see this magnificent space and share in the worship.
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