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

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
The huge Episcopal cathedral, The Cathedral Church of St. John the DivineĀ 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 world's largest Gothic Cathedral still under construction! It is space in which you will be awed. If the mighty organ is playing do yourself favor and lie on the floor on your back and feel the vi...  more »
  • I stumbled upon this magnificent piece of architecture a night and wanted to go back and see it during the day a must see during the day the next time i visit  more »
  • We were most disappointed that to get into a house of god there was an entrance fee. I was reminded of the story of the money changers in the temples. I know the scriptures say the in the House of God...  more »
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  • This cathedral is gigantic. It is definite worth seeing. You can enjoy the Gothic architecture at its best.
  • 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!!!
  • Very impressive architecture. When we went inside, it was very peaceful and quite. The benches were quite comfortable and the lighting was kinda ambient. Very wonderful feeling.
  • This is an incredible place to visit. The Cathedral is amazing and the grounds are peaceful. I have never been disappointed when I come to this place.