Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City

The huge Episcopal cathedral, Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is still unfinished. The cathedral, begun in 1892 and first fully opened in 1941, provides guided and self-guided tours with opportunities to learn about its history, architecture, and spiritual offerings. Enter the cathedral through the great bronze doors, which were cast by Barbedienne (who also cast the Statue of Liberty). The doors, each 5.5 m (18 ft) high, are covered in 60 bas-relief scenes from the Bible. View the west facade's great rose window, which spans a diameter of 12.2 m (40 ft) and holds more than 10,000 glass pieces. The cathedral does not have a cloakroom, so you must wear or carry anything you bring with you. Check online for a worship service schedule. Arrange to visit Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and other attractions in New York City using our New York City online journey maker .
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  • This church was a nice finding on our trip to NYC. The place is beautiful and while there the orchestra and choir was rehearsing for a concert the next day and it was a nice treat.  more »
  • I went to the stained-glass window of the left and right of way through the passage in the center of the wide floor that can accommodate 3000 people-watching and high altar. I was surprised that Italy and France in such a majestic Cathedral in New York.
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  • St. John the Divine church is located in upper Manhattan. It sits one block away from Columbia University which has the oldest Library in NY. The church is a gotic wonder with gorgeous stained glass w...  more »
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  • I've been here for the excellent tour in which they will tell you about the history of the cathedral and take you up the multiple stories. They tell you all about the arches, what is actually weight bearing and what is just for architectural flair. You will climb high enough to actually see the ceiling from above. And you can tour the grounds and see all the art and exhibits that surround the main hall. Definitely worth an afternoon of your time!
  • Beautiful architecture bit rich asking for an admittance price for prayer. We saw this cathedral from central park and figured we were close enough to ride to it. Up close it was even more beautiful then we anticipated. Inside was immense and you could hear the halls bellow. Didn't like the idea of a price to go further in, would've been more fitting as a donation.
  • Beautiful cathedral, the largest in the world! Staff is friendly and very knowledgeable, the tours are amazing. Definitely check out the vertical tours which go all the way to the roof (MWF AND Sat only)! Admission for sightseeing is ten dollars, and worth it five times over!
  • This Cathedral is of important historic precedence. Majestic inside and out. An architectural feat. Recently it went through major restoration. You can go there to meditate and reflect. It's magnificent architecture lends for fairytale weddings. For those of you interested in the meaning of the four horsemen, search this article: “A New York Apocalypse, Hidden in Plain Sight” Allison Meier October 8, 2013 And "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".
  • I've visited 3 times...Sting Winter album concert, touristy visit with out of town guests, and 2017 Christmas Eve service. Concert was fantastic with acoustics. Tourist visit was ok. Christmas Eve was not great (service included). Architecture is not much, interior in particular, and is making no progress over the years; there's a cinder block wall front left! Makes the existing old cathedrals even more impressive, to realize how challenging it is to design, build, fund and complete them - with beauty and inspiration.

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