Msgr. Jameson, the Cathedral Rector, and his staff are pleased to offer a virtual tour of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the artistically significant structure that serves as the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Washington, its Mother Church and principal Catholic church in the nation's capital.
With a drag or click of your mouse you can look up, down, left, right—all around—and zoom in and out of 11 different areas of the Cathedral interior: the main entrance, the nave, the sanctuary, each of the six chapels, the baptistry, and the burial crypt. The virtual tour was created and produced by Mr. Robert Bryer of Lewes, Delaware, and features panoramic photographs of each of these 11 areas. As you explore, enjoy a recording of St. Matthew’s Schola Cantorum, conducted by Thomas Stehle, Pastoral Associate and Director of Music Ministries, singing Factus est repente de caelo sonus (Suddenly a sound came from heaven) by G. P. da Palestrina (1525-1594). The recording was made in the Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday 2016.
How it Began
Mr. Bryer (photo at right) initially captured parts of the Cathedral interior in a stunning HDR (high dynamic range) panoramic photograph printed on aluminum. Msgr. Jameson then opened up the Cathedral for the extensive photography needed to create the tour. Mr. Bryer enjoyed the opportunity to capture the Cathedral’s art and architecture in his photographs, and Msgr. Jameson and his staff were delighted that the beauty of the Cathedral would be experienced in a new way, and by many more friends and visitors.
About the Photographer
Prior to retiring to Lewes, Mr. Bryer lived in Rockville, MD where he and his wife, Margot, raised their son and daughter. He started his photography hobby in the early 1970s taking family pictures; his grandchildren still kid him about always having a camera in his hand. Bob’s favorite subjects to photograph, aside from his family and St. Matthew’s Cathedral, include the diverse wildlife in and around his home, which he often enjoys during early morning photo safaris.
Msgr. Jameson and the Cathedral staff greatly appreciate Bob’s photographic talent, dedication and perseverance in bringing this tour to the parishioners and friends of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, and to lovers of beauty everywhere. We hope you enjoy it and will invite others to experience St. Matthew’s Cathedral via our virtual tour, if not in person.