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Starting In 2014 Washington National Cathedral To Charge For Admission

The Washington National Cathedral will no longer be free in 2014.
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The Washington National Cathedral will no longer be free in 2014.

Starting next year, visits to the National Cathedral won't be free anymore.

Struggling to cover its costs, cathedral officials say they'll begin charging an admission fee for visitors — $10 dollars for adults and $6 dollars for children, seniors and military. Admission will still be free on Sundays and for those who visit to worship or pray on weekdays.

The cathedral is working to raise funds to repair earthquake damages from 2011 totaling $26 million dollars. The church still must raise $19 million for repairs.

The Reverend Gary Hall, the cathedral's dean, says the decision to charge a fee was made reluctantly, but he reasons that the cathedrals of Europe charge fees to help fund their upkeep.

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