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The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City
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The huge Episcopal cathedral, The Cathedral Church of St. 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. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It is intended to be the largest Cathedral in NYC, and actually is in its structure... details of the portico are infinite and the ceiling seems that it is far far away from the ground. To enter and visit the wings, I have to pay an entry/collaboration. The day I went there many people... and on the inside, at least what I could see is fairly stripped. After visit Saint Patrick Cathedral, believe that is difficult to move is with another Church in the city.
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  • Wow - how have I missed this in decades of trips to NYC? An unbelievable opportunity to see a Cathedral "under construction"...they are only a hundred years into it...They have a fantastic website whe...  more »
  • According to my guide book, this cathedral was started in 1892 and is still not completed. When finished it will be the largest cathedral in the world. The building is very impressive, with a particul...  more »
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  • Behold, the largest cathedral in the world! (by volume) (Yes, St. Peter's Basilica is larger, but that's a basilica, not a cathedral.) Truly a magnificent building and a splendid example of Gothic architecture. I took the Vertical Tour, which involves climbing 12 stories to the roof of the cathedral. Don't worry, there are some breaks as you go up, and you'll get to hear about the history of the church, and analyze the symbolism in the stained glass windows (I love that the subjects pictured are often not religious!). Pro tip: this tour is normally $20 but if you can score a reservation during Open House NY (click very fast), it's only $5.
  • I love Gothic architecture, and this is truly one of the best I've seen. I'm not a religious person, but I wouldn't mind getting married in this beautiful church! We are about to take the vertical tour, and I can't wait to take photos.
  • Great cathedral! Also you can hear great choral music in here. In recent years, they have preformed master pieces like Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's 8th Symphony, and in 2017, they will do Britten's War Requiem.
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  • Surreal experience, one of the largest cathedrals i've been to, and it was spectacular, definetely worth knowing a bit about the history of the cathedral before you go