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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H. Marketing (19 months ago)
Evangelos Andros (20 months ago)
My church of worship from my youth when the congregation met at a church structure located where what is now a corner of the Washington Convention Center. The wall icon mosaics inside follow the tradition from Byzantium in 9th and 20th centuries.
Ali Taylor (2 years ago)
Great summer picnic fundraiser
Kalapothakos Efstathia (2 years ago)
The church is breathtaking inside. Giving those that appreciate fine Byzantine mosaics a beautiful exhibit of Greek Orthodox icon mosaics in the DC area. If you come for the liturgy you will hear amazing chanting and learn a great deal about the faith. Tours are done during the festival season and for those interested in renting space for events they also have a hall. The church also has education programs including Bible study and Greek Language on site and online.
Krystal Ramirez (6 years ago)
So, I must preface this review by noting that I've never actually been inside of the cathedral. I only visited Saint Sophia for their Greek Festival, which was kind of neat, but rather small. They had a good number of outdoor vendors, and their indoor cafeteria was open as well. I had spanakopita, and it was rather tasty, but slightly too greasy. I also tried several of their pastries, and I wasn't a huge fan of any of them. All in all, I would probably go back for a tour of the cathedral, but probably not for their food.
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