Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City

Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • If you are heading to NY this is a place you need to see. The architecture is amazing. Each pillar tells a story and some have been backed by worldly events and others are yet to happen...  more »
  • We were looking forward to visiting St. John The Divine for the architecture. We arrived as a group and were met by an individual who would act as our “guide”. She was not informative or helpful. She....  more »
  • The Cathedral is magnificent. The sound system was not working properly so much of the sermon could not be heard as the Cathedral is so large. That was very disappointing.  more »
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  • I used to love coming here. I felt such calm and peace to sit and feel calm only to find now that you cannot even enter without paying a $10 fee. I CAN get in without paying the fee because I am “local” but having to defend and argue that fact kills any peace I used to feel by coming here. It was one of my favorite places to go in the city and this makes me very sad
  • Overall very beautiful and a wonderful experience. I would ask them to please, please, please make the sign for accessible entrances more visible. I visit once in awhile and when the event changed buildings I went through the whole “go around half the grounds” again this December, which in a wheelchair and the slight hill isn’t always the funnest, I was a little frustrated. However, overall a lovely place, though and I do appreciate the beauty of it so a few more signs would really help a girl, or guy, out.
  • One of the best attractions that are often overlooked by tourists. The architecture is amazing inside and out. It is 5th largest cathedral/church in the entire world and it is located close to the north west tip of Central Park. So you can just take a visit after exploring the Park. If you have time, do visit Cathedral during choir. It is amazing to hear them sing and it does add to that holy feeling that you get inside a church.
  • Amazing archectural features. Enormous. Well worth the visit and taking a tour to explore highlights, including outside. There was a fire in it this year so restoration is going on to clean the stone. It's very noisy and the altar area was closed. Perhaps wait until the work is done.
  • This is a historic place. Went on the Big Brown Bus tour with my mom about a week ago. It was great. Even for a life long New Yorker like myself, I found it interesting and fun.

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