Geraldine M. Rohling, PhD, MAEd, is the Archivist and Curator at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Dr. Rohling was part of the team that hosted Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the shrine in 2008. She is also an accomplished musicologist and liturgist specializing in Austrian sacred music and ritual.
Cultural Tourism DC asked some notable Washingtonians to share with us their favorite places or events that are special and unique to DC.
Here are Dr. Rohling's top five:
1. The Capitol - The people's building. I used to sit in a chair with a book and read while looking over the Potomac.
2. Lincoln Memorial - You can see John F. Kennedy's grave at night from here.
3. Vietnam Memorial - I have family on the wall.
4. Ford's Theatre - There is something about that sacred ground and sacred space. Lincoln's presence still looms there.
5. Library of Congress - The Great Reading Room for the obvious reasons.
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