The National Cathedral Has A Hidden Darth Vader Gargoyle

You might want to visit The National Cathedral later this week to see this Star Wars Easter egg that's been part of the building for decades!

That's right! You can actually see Darth Vader's head in the National Cathedral's northwest tower in DC as the Star Wars villain is actually a gargoyle/grotesque that's been part of the building since the 1980s.

Apparently, when the Cathedral's two west towers were under construction, the Cathedral held a design-a-carving competition for children and one of the top entries was the head of Darth Vader.

Here's how you can find the Darth Vader gargoyle/grotesque:

  1. Bring binoculars and exit the Cathedral through the ramp door (near the Abraham Lincoln statue)
  2. Turn and look up at the closest tower; find the two large points (pinnacles), on the corners at the top of the tower, and a much smaller one in the center.
  3. Follow the center pinnacle down and find the first tiny peaked roof (gablet). Darth Vader is the “bump” on the right side of the roof.

You can also enjoy this video of Darth Vader actually finding his own gargoyle/grotesque below!

(Mental Floss)

Photo Credit: National Cathedral

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