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High Altar 01 - National Cathedral - DC | by Tim Evanson
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High Altar 01 - National Cathedral - DC

The high altar -- also known as the Jerusalem Altar -- at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. This altar is made from stones quarried at "Solomon's Quarry" at Jersualem in Israel (allegedly the site where King Solomon quarried the rock for the First Temple). Twelve stones make up the altar. The altar was dedicated in 1902.


The carved stone reredo (screen) behind the altar is known as the "Ter Sanctus" ( or "Thrice Holy") Reredo. Most of it is of limestone quarried at Caen, France. The central image of Jesus Christ is carved from lighter, yellowish Texas limestone. The theme for the reredos was suggested by the Dean of the Cathedral, George Brahtenahl. They were carved by Italian sculptor Angelo Lualdi, and dedicated in 1936.

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Taken on December 29, 2011