The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City

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Religious Site
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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  • The architecture is very interesting. The body is incredible and the stained glass windows also. It is something totally different in the midst of the surrounding architecture
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  • I have heard of many of the "famous" churches/cathedrals in NYC, but happened upon this one on a double decker bus tour. It was amazing! You should definately make this a stop on your next trip to the...  more »
  • Take your cameras and make this a priority visit, especially if you're near Harlem area. I'd been advised by a friend to come here (otherwise I may not have done so) and I'm SO glad we made the effort...  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