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Georgetown University Main Quad, Washington DC

It's hard to notice anything on this very large quadrangle other than the enormous National Historic Landmark of Healy Hall (1897), whose high-set Flemish-Romanesque towers loom over the neighborhood, and even the city.

It's hard to notice anything on this very large quadrangle other than the enormous National Historic Landmark of Healy Hall (1897), whose high-set Flemish-Romanesque towers loom over the neighborhood, and even the city. It is named after Patrick Healy, who had an impressive career of firsts: the first African-American president of a major U.S. university, the first African-American with a PhD, and the first African-American Jesuit priest. During the day you can wander inside the building to appreciate the interior-Gaston Hall at the north end of the third floor should be your main objective, as it is both beautiful and has hosted endless visits by foreign and domestic heads of state. In the summer, these visits are often free to the public and not very well attended, so you might be able to get in and talk foreign policy with a king or two. Check the university's events website.


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About Georgetown University Main Quad

 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA

 +1 202-687-0100

Georgetown University Main Quad and Nearby Sights on Map

Mount Zion Cemetery

Mount Zion Church served Georgetown's once large African-American community (today the neighborhood is nearly 100% white outside of the university) which once offered free burials for Washington's African-American population

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

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The Big Chair

The Big Chair is Anacostia's most recognized landmark, and it sits right in downtown Anacostia on MLK Jr Ave

Mount St Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery

This monastery is an odd one

National Arboretum

This is the biggest hidden gem of the city (quite literally)

Rock Creek Cemetery

This is no Congressional Cemetery, no Arlington Cemetery

National Shrine

This massive, stunning Catholic Basilica is not only the perfect place for any American Catholic to make a pilgrimage; people of any faith will be in awe when they see the sheer size of this church

President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln and his family summered here from 1862-1864 to escape the awful climate (physical and political) of the White House

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet is the nation's and the world's first university for the deaf, and remains the world's only university where all classes and services are tailored to the needs of the hearing-impaired

Blair House

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