Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City

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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  • We fortunately decided to pop into this stunning, beautiful and grand Cathedral when walking past it We was absolutely surprised by the Scale, Grandour and Architecture. The 125 year old Cathedral is ...  more »
  • Even for a non-faith person like myself, this is an amazing place to visit. The sheer size and scope are incredible, and the stained glasswork is beautiful.  more »
  • I did the vertical tour recently with a few friends and I didn't really know what to expect. From the moment you walk into this church, you are in awe at the size and beauty of it all. Going through t...  more »
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  • When I was younger I used to love hearing the church bells ring though the streets many blocks away...it was like no other experience. I also used to enjoy attending the free concerts they would hold routinely throughout the year. Over the years it seems they have run into financial troubles and had to sell or lease some of their grounds and charge an entrance fee to stay afloat. It's certainly one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals I've seen and an iconic component to the flavor of the neighborhood and worthy of support. And in a place that is ruthless with change like NY it's crucial to show support to something that holds so much beauty for the area and the world.
  • Huge cathedral - nice way to get out of the city streets for a break on a hot day. The entrance fee is worth it, the day I was here, I was just about the only one walking around. Many of the different rooms offer really interesting sculpture and lighting. Towards the main entrance is some newer sculpture, lots of different variety. the size of the place is massive, it's hard to convey in pictures, its really worth checking out.
  • I visited here for a free New York Philharmonic concert over memorial day weekend. For any free show a long line was expected and the wait was not bad at all because of the incredible views of the building and grounds. Off to the side there was an amazing statue area with different things to see. The best part was a white peacock. If you go definitely try to check it out!
  • Definitely worth the visit, and if you’re comfortable with heights and not claustrophobic, take the full guided tour and you’ll see this place from a point of view you have yet to imagine. The scale of this place is hard to comprehend, even when you’re standing in the middle of it. Don’t miss the sculpture outside just south of the front door. It’s beautifully odd and I see something new every time I look at it.
  • Beautiful, holy... We visited with a small group of about 20 and had a tour guide. The cathedral is magnificent. We have visited many of the old, famous, European cathedrals and St. John's can hold its own with most. Our tour guide was informative, pleasant and knowledgeable. If you have limited time I would certainly recommend taking one of the tours. They do a good job of allowing visitors while preserving the sacred feel and nature of the church. I would consider this a don't miss in NYC and only wish we could have attended a service. We are unlikely to build any more of these incredible structures and should appreciate the ones we have.

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