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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  • America's largest Cathedral, still unfinished, is located just above Central Park West (nearest tube is Cathedral Pkwy). The façade is stunning, the inside more. To see.
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  • It is a beautiful and large Cathedral, but certainly nothing special. By the many trips, we must say that we've been much more beautiful churches and cathedrals have visited, even in our little Belgium. Yet an hour or two pastime, especially in rainy weather.
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  • A truly spectacular place to visit for a concert and a tour. I've seen the Paul Winter Consort perform here many times and each time was fantastic.  more »
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  • I was working there the other day and this place is magnificent. The front of the church is amazing. It overwhelms you just looking at it. I took a couple pictures of it with my phone and i never take pictures very often. You have to see it to believe it. The inside is extravagant. Definitely checked this place out. You will be astonished.
  • While not a world class cathedral in my opinion, it is good for an American cathedral, but not even top notch for here. Big interior is full of animal sculptures, reflective of the famous blessings of the animals that take place here twice/year. Nice stain glass windows and some good woodwork. Be sure to go to the garden beside the cathedral to see the quirky Peace fountain.
  • Beautiful garden and nice playground for kids. Picnics here have been great. Looking forward to coming back. Nice cathedral too, if you like those types of things
  • A beautiful (and huge) church off the beaten tourist path, but if you like churches, this is worth the trip. As an added bonus, it's not overly crowded like some other noteworthy churches in the area.
  • Absolutely amazing! Pictures can not capture the beauty and pure grandeur of this place! IT'S A MUST SEE!!!

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