Cathedral of St John the Divine


Location: 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112 St

Telephone: 1 (212) 316-7540

Bus: M4, M11, M60, M104

Subway: 1 to 110 St – Cathedral Pkwy.

Admission: The Cathedral charges sightseers an entrance fee of $3.00 per person, $2.00 for students and seniors.

Hours: Daily 8:00am-6:00pm

History: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the worldsntjohn. Its cornerstone was laid on December 27, 1892 and its Gothic nave and Romanesque choir are among the finest examples of those styles in the United States.

Eight gigantic granite columns support the main vault built to a height of 124 feet. The Statue of Liberty would fit comfortably under its central dome.There are more than 150 stained glass windows and the rose window on the West fagade contains more than 10,000 pieces of glass. The Great Bronze Doors below the rose window were cast in the same studio as the Statue of Liberty and depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The cathedral remains unfinished.

The cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and is “mother church” of the Diocese. A fire in the gift shop on December 18, 2001, damaged a significant portion of the unfinished north transept and two of twelve 17th-century Barberini tapestries, but services (both on the altar and in the gift shop) resumed before Christmas, 2001.

Nearby Places of Interest:

  1. Columbia University
  2. Barnard College
  3. Grant’s Tomb
  4. Riverside Church
  5. Union Theological Seminary
  6. Bank Street College
  7. Manhattan School of Music
  8. Jewish Theological Seminary
  9. Riverside Park
  10. Upper West Side
  11. Harlem

Advisory: Allow at least 30 minutes, more if taking a tour. Public tours are available Tues – Sat at 11:00am and Sunday at 1:00pm. Guides lead visitors up winding stairs and through forgotten corners. The 13 acre grounds include the Biblical Garden, Sculpture Garden, and Peace Fountain. Wheelchair access is available on 113 St. Ramps inside provide access to chapels. All visitors are respectfully asked to make any donotion they can.

Liturgical Services begin at 8:00am daily. Morning Prayers & Holy Eucharist on Thursdays start at 7:15am. An AIDS Memorial Service is held at 1:00pm on the fourth Saturday of every month. You’re invited to join the fun and create at the Family Medieval Arts Workshop on Saturdays, 10:00am – Noon (closed during August).

Best Photo Opts: Fagade with Bronze Doors face west. Try a wide angle shot from 111 St or 113 St & Amsterdam Ave or straight on from 112 St. Best Lighting Conditions: Early afternoon before buildings across the street begin to cast shadows.

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