Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City

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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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  • Very pretty cathedral, larger than i imagined but very nice even though it's under construction. It was a nice experience, especially for $5 a piece self guided tour. The little exhibits in the... 
    Very pretty cathedral, larger than i imagined but very nice even though it's under construction. It was a nice experience, especially for $5 a piece self guided tour. The little exhibits in the...  more »
  • Top points to this cathedral for being very welcoming of visitors interesting in self-touring the interior, even when a service was in occurring! We got very good (and quiet) directions for touring.....  more
    Top points to this cathedral for being very welcoming of visitors interesting in self-touring the interior, even when a service was in occurring! We got very good (and quiet) directions for touring.....  more »
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  • A beautiful building! Plan on taking some time when visiting. Take in all the detail of the artwork. Free to come in and worship but they will hit you up for a $10 "donation" to walk around and explore. It is money well spent as I cannot imagine what it must cost to maintain this beautiful structure. There is a maze of vestibule, painted ceilings, history lessons, inlaid flooring, beautiful stained glass windows as well as sculptures inside and out. You could spend hours exploring.
  • This is a must visit location. The roof top tour finishes on the roof with Central Park and NYC at your feet. It will never be finished. Their garden statue is built to show the creation of the universe. They keep peacocks on the property. If you have the chance attend mass here. The organ? One of the nicest sounding ones in the world. You can spend some time here looking at everything. The best mass is the Blessing of the Animals. One of the best gems this city has. Dan? Very talented Organist!!!!!

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