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Franklin Square

Franklin Square Park - Franklin Square Sign Located Near the Intersection of 14th and K Streets, NW

Franklin Square Park - Franklin Square Sign Located Near the Intersection of 14th and K Streets, NW

Franklin Square is a park located in downtown Washington, DC. The park is mostly green open space with plenty of trees and one of DC’s least spectacular fountains right in the middle. The park was named after Benjamin Franklin.

Fountain Located in the Middle of Franklin Square Park

Fountain Located in the Middle of Franklin Square Park

On the west side of the park and right next to 14th Street NW is a statute of Commodore John Barry.

The park is bordered on the east by 13th Street NW, on the south by I Street NW, on the west by 14th Street NW and on the north by K Street NW. Some who are paying close attention to the street names may conclude that the park fills two block between I and K Streets NW. But Washington has no J Street, so I and K Streets are only one block apart. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Franklin Square Park in Washington DC.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to Franklin Square.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Franklin Square is mentioned in Chapters 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 102, 105, 106, 113, 115 and 126.

Space Window Stained Glass With Moon Rock – From the Outside

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC- Viewed from Outside on a Bright Day

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC- Viewed from Outside on a Bright Day

This entry takes a look at the Space Window Stained Glass on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral from the outside.

Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Click Space Window from Inside to see the StationStart.com entry about this window as viewed from inside the cathedral while the stained glass is very well illuminated by direct sunlight on bright day.

Blue, Purple, Green and Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day - Notice the Piece Toward the Center, Blue in Reflected Light and Green in Light That Has Passed Through the Glass

Blue, Purple, Green and Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day - Notice the Piece Toward the Center, Blue in Reflected Light and Green in Light That Has Passed Through the Glass

The stained glass windows in the National Cathedral are spectacularly bright and colorful when viewed from inside the cathedral on a sunny day. But from the outside the various colors of glass are deeper, darker and more subtle. In some cases the colors can be quite different when viewed from opposite sides. And of course the inside and outside views are mirror images of each other.

Green Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Green Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Looking at the Space Window from the outside also brings to light, so to speak, the gargoyle and stone carvings located nearby.

Carved Face To The Left of the Space Window

Carved Face To The Left of the Space Window

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral.

Carved Face To The Right of the Space Window

Carved Face To The Right of the Space Window

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the approximate location of the Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral.

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Front

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Front

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Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Side

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Side

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The Space Window Stained Glass with Moon Rock is mentioned in Chapters 79.

Space Window Stained Glass With Moon Rock – From the Inside

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Space Window Stained Glass is located on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral. It has a much darker hue than most of the stained glass in the cathedral, as it is constructed from a lunar rock along with glass of very deep shades of blue, red and green.

The picture above was taken on a day when the window was brightly lit by direct sunlight. The red is clear and bright, and the heavens of emerald green on the right shine from the darkness. The bright sunlight also gives some of the edging pieces made of yellow and red glass glow like neon lights.

Click Space Window from Outside to see the StationStart.com entry about this window as viewed from outside the cathedral while the stained glass is illuminated by bright sunlight.

The words at the bottom in green glass read: “Is not God in the height of Heaven?”

The fragment of moon rock is located in the center of the large red disk.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral.

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the approximate location of the Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The Space Window Stained Glass with Moon Rock is mentioned in Chapter 79.

Almas Shrine Temple

The Almas Shrine Temple Across from Franklin Square in Washington DC

The Almas Shrine Temple Across from Franklin Square in Washington DC

Almas Name and Symbol on 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC

Almas Name and Symbol on 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC

The Almas Shrine Temple is located just across from Franklin Square and right next to One Franklin Square. As One Franklin Square is one of the largest buildings in Washington DC, it dwarfs the Almas Shrine Temple.

The Almas Shrine Temple is located at 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Almas Shrine Temple.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to One Franklin Square.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Almas Shrine Temple as the headquarters of a mystical order known as the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The organization is also known as the Shriners. The Almas Shrine Temple is mentioned in Chapters 99, 101, 102 and 105.

One Franklin Square

One Franklin Square in Washington DC

One Franklin Square in Washington DC

At twelve floors, One Franklin Square is Washington DC’s tallest commercial building. The building is located just across K Street, NW from Franklin Square and takes up most of the block between13th and 14th Streets NW.

The office building known as One Franklin Square is located at 1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the One Franklin Square.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to One Franklin Square.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes One Franklin Square as “a towering and prestigious office building with two gold spires on top.” One Franklin Square is mentioned in Chapters 93 and 97.

Shadow House Gazebo and Bishop’s Garden

Shadow House - Secluded Gazebo Located in the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Shadow House - Secluded Gazebo Located in the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Bishop’s Garden is located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral on the south side of the cathedral. The partially walled garden contains roses, herbs and perennials and a pleasant winding walkway.

Shadow House With the Washington National Cathedral in the Background

Shadow House With the Washington National Cathedral in the Background

At one edge of the Bishop’s Garden is the Shadow House, a stone gazebo with a slate roof. The wooden benches inside make it a comfortable, secluded place for a quite visit.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral.

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Shadow House Gazebo at the Washington National Cathedral.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Shadow House as sitting “elegantly amid meandering pathways of stones dug from George Washington’s private quarry.” The Shadow House is mentioned in Chapters 63, 67 and 79.

The Garth – Peaceful, Secluded Courtyard

The Garth - Secluded Courtyard at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Garth - Secluded Courtyard at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Garth is a cloistered area on the north side of the Washington National Cathedral toward the east end of the building. The enclosed area is more or less in the shape of an irregular pentagon. Toward the center is a tiered, vertical metal fountain with what resembles a stylized, open flower blossom at the top. In temperate weather the fountain provides the gentle sounds of splashing and gurgling water.

Splashing Garth Fountain In a Cloistered Area of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Splashing Garth Fountain In a Cloistered Area of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral and its location.

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Garth at the Washington National Cathedral.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Garth as a massive, walled-in courtyard. The Garth is mentioned in Chapter 87.

Cathedral College Located on the Grounds of the Washington National Cathedral

Photograph of Cathedral College Taken From the Top of the Stairs Near Woodley Road

Photograph of Cathedral College Taken From the Top of the Stairs Near Woodley Road

The Cathedral College opened on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in 1929. Its purpose is to provide training for clergy who have been ordained.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral and its location.

The Cathedral College is located at 3510 Woodley Road NW on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Cathedral College.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Cathedral College is mentioned in Chapters 89, 90, 91, 92 and 123.

Darth Vader at the National Cathedral

The Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Included among the many, many grotesques (carvings) located on the National Cathedral is one of Darth Vader from Star Wars. The gargoyles on the building act as drains, as each gargoyle has a pipe running through its mouth. The grotesques are similar ornamental carvings but without the pipes.

Location of the Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader on the East Side of the Northwest Tower of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Location of the Grotesque (Carving) of Darth Vader on the East Side of the Northwest Tower of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Darth Vader is located on the back of one of the front towers, the tower on the left from the viewpoint of a person looking at the front of the Cathedral.

Pictured below are a number of other grotesques located in Darth Vader’s general neighborhood. The cute little raccoon looking thing must have drawn the short straw in order to end up right next to Darth Vader.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral and its location.

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Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Darth Vader is mentioned in Chapter 31, and the grotesque at the Washington National Cathedral is mentioned in Chapter 79.

These Grotesques are Some of Darth Vader's Nearest Neighbors at the National Cathedral

These Grotesques are Some of Darth Vader's Nearest Neighbors at the National Cathedral

Casimir Pulaski Statue – Freedom Plaza

Equestrian Statute of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski in Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC

Equestrian Statute of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski in Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC

Casimir Pulaski was born in Poland. Benjamin Franklin met him in Paris and recruited him to fight in support of the colonies in the American Revolution. In 1777 he met General George Washington in Philadelphia. He went on to prove himself to be a valuable resource in the war against England. The plaque on the statue reads:

 
 
 

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

 

 1748 – 1779

The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary War hero in the uniform of a Polish Cavalry Commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on March 4, 1748 to a noble family, Pulaski gained prominence in Europe for his role in defending liberty in Poland. Excited by the struggle of the emerging American Republic, Pulaski joined in its fight for independence, arriving in Boston in July, 1777.

Pulaski was given a commission as Brigadier General and Chief of Cavalry in Command of All Cavalry of the American Forces. He was present at Germantown, Pennsylvania and led his legion at Haddonfield, New Jersey; Egg Harbor, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savanna, Georgia.
At Svanna, Pulaski was mortally wounded and was taken aboard the American brig, Wasp, where he died and was buried at sea on October 11, 1779. He was 31 years old.

The statue was designed by the sculptor Kazimierz Chodzinski and architect Albert P. Ross. It was erected in 1910.

The statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski is located at the east end of Freedom Plaza near the intersection of 13th and E Streets NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the statue.

Closest Metro Station: Federal Triangle is the nearest Metro Station to Freedom Plaza and the statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski.

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