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  • Address: 1525 H St NW

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St. John’s Church

This historic Episcopal church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the British-born architect of the U.S. Capitol Building. Called the “Church of the Presidents” for having hosted every president since James Madison in its pews, this Neoclassical place of worship was the second structure built on Lafayette Square – after the White House.

Completed in 1816, St. John’s features dozens of intricate stained-glass windows, as well as a wooden steeple with an almost-1,000-pound bell cast by Paul Revere's son, Joseph, at his Boston foundry in 1822; reminiscent of Revere’s bell during the American Revolution, St. John’s bell once served as an alarm for the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Street parking is available around the Lafayette Square area, and the Metrorail’s McPherson Square station (serving the Orange and Blue Lines) is nearby.

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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Enjoy easy transportation across the city by double-decker bus on three sightseeing loops with this hop-on hop-off tour in Washington DC. With a 24-hour pass, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours from time of redemption

From USD $48.00

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