Washington, D.C.

The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, dedicated in 2000, was inspired by and named for the late Holy Father of the Catholic Church. His instructions, however, were to make certain the Center’s mission focused on the message of his papacy ­– and those of his predecessors – rather than on himself.

Pope John Paul II selected the 12-acre site next to the Catholic University of America, calling Washington, D.C., “The crossroads of the Third Millennium.” Designed to inspire people in their faith, its focus is also on scholarly research and inter-religious dialogue.

Architect: Leo A. Daly
Contractor: Lorton Contracting
Cubic Feet: 19,306
Stone: Variegated
Completed: 1998