Also known as “the Church of the Presidents,” St. John’s Episcopal Church has hosted every US head of state for services since President James Madison. Separated from the White House by Lafayette Square, the landmark is often considered the White House’s chapel and is still a functioning church today. In addition to its neoclassical looks—highlighted by its pale-lemon hue, many ornate stained-glass windows, and elegant cupola—the landmark also boasts an array of treasures and special objects, including a prayer book signed by multiple presidents and a communion chalice studded with precious gems.
St. John’s Episcopal Church features on history- and faith-themed tours of the nation’s capital. Given its proximity to the White House and other major DC destinations, the landmark is also easy to visit independently.