DC day 3 - National Gallery and National Cathedral
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The last day in DC and our luck with the weather was gone. It was very clouded and rained lightly. No big deal, since for today we had planned a visit some museums. Sana wanted to visit the National Museum of American History I had already extensively visited this museum so I decided to visit a special exposition in the National Gallery of Art.
The National Gallery of Art does not exist that long. The idea for the museum was conceived by the rich financier and art collector Andrew Mellon. Mellon suggested the US should have a truly National Art Gallery, like many other nations. He not only had the idea, he worked it out and more important he donated his extensive art collection to the museum.
I found out that, to my disappointment, the special exhibition I had wanted to see had closed yesterday. I still decided to make a tour through the museum and was caught by the fascinating beauty of many paintings.
At the end of the afternoon I met Sana to take her to Ronald Reagan Airport. After a goodbye I made my way to the Washington National Cathedral. This cathedral is a nice example that the United States are a relative young nation. The cathedral looks ancient. But it was only officially completed in 1990, after 83 years of construction. Only 21 years after that the cathedral was heavily damaged by an earthquake from which it is still recovering.
More pictures below.