Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in the City and Diocese of New York is the seat of the bishop of New York and diocesan mother church. The largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, the Cathedral's interior measures 601 feet, and the vaulting of the Nave is 124 feet. The cornerstone was laid on December 27, 1892, and the towers, transepts, and crossing have yet to be completed.
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Neighbourhood: Morningside Heights
How to get there
  • Cathedral Parkway – 110th St • 5 min walk
  • 116th St – Columbia University • 6 min walk
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4.5
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Tanya G
Washington DC, DC28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was amazed by the openness of this cathedral to social and environmental issues, and its multiculturalism. Art breathtaking, very moving. Make sure to look closely at the sculptures on the exterior wall of the cathedral and visit the sculpture of St Micheal defeating Satan adjacent to the building. Finally, the gardens were very quaint - you might even see a peacock!
Written January 7, 2020
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Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I love visiting churches and cathedrals and this was one of the highlights of my visit to New York. The vast length of the nave is emphasized by it being empty of pews and the height of the columns was breathtaking. It was $15 to enter but I was there over an hour and a half, looking at everything and soaking up the atmosphere. I don't think I have ever been in such a quiet church - for somewhere so big and open to the public, you could hear a pin drop. So peaceful. The Chapels of the Tongues, dedicated to the different immigrant groups, were so beautiful I almost cried. The cathedral was started in the 1890s but built according to medieval methods. The ceramic tiled dome was just beautiful too - supposedly a "temporary" ceiling because the church is still unfinished and was intended to have a square tower over the crossing - who knows whether that will be done one day!

I do agree with some other reviewers that the female security guard at the entrance was unnecessarily abrupt and unwelcoming, but the beauty of the church made e forget about her quite quickly!
Written February 22, 2024
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Ray
Staines, UK798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Just to get the facts right, no it's not "the largest" but one of the largest churches in the world. And yes if they ever managed to finish it as planned, it might hold that title.

Its not that old or magnificent either. There are hundreds of dazzling cathedrals in Europe that are centuries older than this and design, architecture, craftsmanship aside, their ceilings alone are a work of art but by US standards, its definitely all that so I have to give the credit where its due.

Besides it's not something you expect in a tourist centric city like New York. Its bit refreshing to see something other than the usual steel and glass.
Written January 18, 2021
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MSUmindy
Shelby, MI711 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We were looking forward to visiting St. John The Divine for the architecture. We arrived as a group and were met by an individual who would act as our “guide”. She was not informative or helpful. She could not answer questions. It was Christmas and a giant Christmas tree was being decorated with cranes to symbolize peace. She was incorrect in the information she gave about the origin of the crane memorialization after Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It was really a waste of 2 hours.
Written February 5, 2020
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
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 during the service. We found the various displays interesting and timely—this church clearly tries to stay relevant. The interior is astoundingly huge, made all the more so by the lack of interior accoutrements in a large area during construction. When we were ready to exit the interior, we had questions about future concerts and again the “greeter” jumped into action, helping to locate flyers that were quite helpful. The exterior facade is stunning and worth a look.
Written November 10, 2021
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Alexander P
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a perfect choice for low-budget tourism. You can get to this cathedral using the subway or a bicycle share, and for a small fee, you get to see truly amazing architecture.

The indoor featuring many rooms with unique designs and a beautiful main hall.

Bathrooms are open for visitors.

The cathedral has a garden, but it was closed to the public during our visit.
Written July 20, 2021
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fencingdoctor
Rockville Centre, NY18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The building size is impressive and has a Gothic style. The stained glasses are richly decorated. The church has many bays dedicated to different saints or contemporary events.
There are plenty of statues and depictions of saints which is unusual in an Episcopalian church. Some objects are real pieces of museum.
On the left nave there is an impressive crucifix that has a particular point. It is not a Latin cross, but rather a cross that resembles the Greek letter Tau.
The garden is ample and a good place to relax.
It must be kept in mind that the Cathedral is not finished and there are construction artifacts around.
Written October 25, 2021
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is situated in Upper Manhattans Morningside Heights. It can lay claim to the largest cathedral in the world and for that matter the 6th largest church in space. I admired the remarkable Gothic architecture, sparkling stained glass windows and the ornate tapestries. Of particular interest to me was the Keith Haring's white gold and bronze altarpiece and a 9/11 memorial sculpture which holds debris of the towers in it out of respect of the incident. Mostly though, the Cathedral is an ideal place to pray, meditate and contemplate.
Written January 27, 2023
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NYCTexan
New York City, NY145 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I wouldn't recommend going here.
The security here are very disrespectful. They treat everyone as if they are criminals. They must get paid extra the meaner they are.
This place is VERY unwelcoming, and charges high entrance fee.
I have never seen a church that works so hard to exclude people.
Written October 26, 2023
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Suzanne S
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you are heading to NY this is a place you need to see. The architecture is amazing. Each pillar tells a story and some have been backed by worldly events and others are yet to happen - definitely a historical piece
And there is a wonderful little bakery across the street!
Written March 5, 2020
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