Columbia Center

Columbia Center, located in downtown Seattle, is the city’s tallest building. It opened in 1985 and is 76 stories tall. The building is mostly used for office space, but there is retail space on the ground floors and an observation deck on the 73rd floor.

Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Columbia Center

Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Columbia Center

 

Sky View Observatory

We visited the Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center on a rainy day. After taking the elevator up to the 73rd floor, we paid the US$14.75 admission fee (as of January 2018) and entered the observation deck.

Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Sky View Observatory

A model of the building as well as details about its history and construction were present, as was information about landmarks and mountains that could be spotted from the tower on a clear day.

Mountains you can see from Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Mountains you can see from Sky View Observatory

Seattle's stadiums at Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s stadiums

Model of the building at Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Model of the building

Because of the weather, visibility was quite low, but we were able to spot several Seattle landmarks, such as the Space Needle, International District, and St. James Cathedral (see below).

The view from Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

The view

Looking down from Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Looking down

Space Needle from Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

from Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

International District

 

St. James Cathedral

Just a few blocks east of Columbia Center is St. James Cathedral, one of Seattle’s most beautiful churches. This Catholic church was built in 1907. It once featured a large dome that collapsed in 1916 and was never rebuilt.

St. James Cathedral from Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington

St. James Cathedral

St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

St. James Cathedral

Of particular interest on the exterior are the stained glass windows and doors. Inside, the relics of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who worshipped at the cathedral during her time in Seattle, are sealed under the altar.

Stained glass window at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

Stained glass window

Doors at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

Doors

St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

St. James Cathedral

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