Fodor's Expert Review Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Upper West Side Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The largest cathedral in the world, even with its towers and transepts still unfinished, this divine behemoth comfortably asserts its bulk in the country's most vertical city. As such, the cathedral has long been a global landmark, and in 2017 it was at last designated a landmark by New York City. The seat of the Episcopal diocese in New York, it acts as a sanctuary for all, giving special interfaith services that include a celebration of New York's gay and lesbian community. Built in two long spurts starting in 1892, the cathedral remains only two-thirds complete. What began as a Romanesque Byzantine–style structure under the original architects, George Heins and Christopher Grant Lafarge, shifted in 1911 to French Gothic.

Above the 3-ton central bronze doors is the intricately carved Portal of Paradise, which depicts St. John witnessing the Transfiguration of Jesus. Step inside to the cavernous nave: more than 600 feet long, it holds some 5,000 worshippers, and the 162-foot-tall... READ MORE

The largest cathedral in the world, even with its towers and transepts still unfinished, this divine behemoth comfortably asserts its bulk in the country's most vertical city. As such, the cathedral has long been a global landmark, and in 2017 it was at last designated a landmark by New York City. The seat of the Episcopal diocese in New York, it acts as a sanctuary for all, giving special interfaith services that include a celebration of New York's gay and lesbian community. Built in two long spurts starting in 1892, the cathedral remains only two-thirds complete. What began as a Romanesque Byzantine–style structure under the original architects, George Heins and Christopher Grant Lafarge, shifted in 1911 to French Gothic.

Above the 3-ton central bronze doors is the intricately carved Portal of Paradise, which depicts St. John witnessing the Transfiguration of Jesus. Step inside to the cavernous nave: more than 600 feet long, it holds some 5,000 worshippers, and the 162-foot-tall dome crossing could comfortably contain the Statue of Liberty (minus its pedestal). The Great Rose Window is the largest stained-glass window in the United States. Sunday services are at 8, 9, 11, and 4. Tours including a Highlights Tour and a Vertical Tour are offered throughout the week; check the website for prices and to reserve.

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Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical

Quick Facts

1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, New York  10025, USA

212-316–7540

www.stjohndivine.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $10, includes self-guided tour; guided tours $12–$20

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