Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City

#9 of 117 in Historic Sites in New York City
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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 »
  • We were blown away by the huge gothic exterior and wanted to learn more about how this cathedral evolved. Unfortunately open, limited hours, so check before you go.  more »
  • Overall very beautiful and a wonderful experience. I would ask them to please, please, please make the sign for accessible entrances more visible. I visit once in awhile and when the event changed buildings I went through the whole “go around half the grounds” again this December, which in a wheelchair and the slight hill isn’t always the funnest, I was a little frustrated. However, overall a lovely place, though and I do appreciate the beauty of it so a few more signs would really help a girl, or guy, out.
  • One of the best attractions that are often overlooked by tourists. The architecture is amazing inside and out. It is 5th largest cathedral/church in the entire world and it is located close to the north west tip of Central Park. So you can just take a visit after exploring the Park. If you have time, do visit Cathedral during choir. It is amazing to hear them sing and it does add to that holy feeling that you get inside a church.

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