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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Neighborhood: Morningside Heights
How to get there
  • Cathedral Parkway – 110th St • 4 min walk
  • 116th St – Columbia University • 6 min walk
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Farwriter
London, UK97 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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Al M
Boston, MA115 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This cathedral is impressive even though it is still a work in progress. The massive church has several small chapels for quiet prayer. There is an informative wall display depicting the early stages of construction.

I understand the need for security; however, the female guard became visibly testy and impatient when one of us kept setting off the metal detector. This attitude towards three senior citizens who simply wished to pray was uncalled for and inappropriate in a house of worship.
Written January 8, 2024
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hataraku
new york5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
If you know before you go in that you will need to pass through a metal detector, check in at a desk and state the purpose of your visit, and potentially pay $15, you may have a good experience. It's a very cool place, and I can believe they're strapped for cash and tired of tourists who don't donate.

However, as a neighborhood person who hadn't been there for a few years and didn't realize I needed to formally check in before being allowed into the gift shop, I was taken aback by the hostility I encountered when I inadvertently walked past the desk--I was treated like a shoplifter or as if I had maliciously sneaked into the church. My bad--when I used to go in occasionally with my young children years ago, there was no formal vetting process.

I have never felt less welcome in a church, and it will definitely be a long time before I go back.
Written December 20, 2023
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NYCTexan
New York City, NY158 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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D Ary
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Exceptionally beautiful church located right in Manhattan. Regardless of ones religious faiths, one can easily spend a couple of hours here and be easily blown away by its beauty and peacefulness.
Written October 26, 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,458 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
As previous reviews say, this is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Despite of its sheer size, interior is neither lavish nor opulent as some may perceive to be. The stained glasses are really impressive, though. Whether it is worth the 15 bucks admission is another issue. But this is not the key let-down.

The cathedral is closely linked to a school (literally) with no clear demarcation. It is easy for tourists to step into the school boundary without noticing (there are security guards but they ignore visitors). Once you cross the wrong line, hostile staff from the school pops out and threatens you to leave. They treat everyone as trespasser.

I would rather visit another religious institution that welcomes visitors.
Written September 15, 2023
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Awesomely huge, you are taken away by the size when you enter. It truly is a place of reflection and peace.
Written February 5, 2023
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada833 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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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I visited here on a beautiful October Saturday, as part of an Upper West Side exploration that included the Marion Davies mansion at W 105th and Riverside Drive (also the location where Madonna ran barefoot up the hill in "Who's That Girl"), Grant's Tomb, the Hudson Riverside Greenway and Columbia University.

After all that, it was wonderful to have a leisurely wander through this beautiful cathedral. Having lived in the UK, I was no stranger to exceptional old churches, and can honestly say this landmark is equally as impressive.

There are visual and spiritual offerings at every turn, including stone figurines lining the altar arches, sculpted by the same artist whose bronzes adorn the 14th Street subway station, Tom Otterness.

Worth a visit. Come for the architecture, stay for the peaceful atmosphere.
Written October 27, 2022
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Brian T
London, UK6,782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
This is a beautiful cathedral church to visit. It’s been under construction since 1892, earning it the nickname of St John the Unfinished. Even in its unfinished state, there’s lots of debate about whether or not it’s the largest Anglican cathedral in the world. Opinions are divided, but it certainly comes close to it.

It was originally designed in the Byzantine Revival-Romanesque Revival styles, but the plan was changed after 
1909 to a Gothic Revival design. Construction was stopped during both world wars, but has otherwise continued. You will see some evidence of work in progress, with scaffolding and barriers here and there, but that will not impede your visit; the nave is largely finished and has all the grandeur and serenity of a major cathedral.

We took an unguided tour, and were free to wander as we wished within the areas open to the public. The entrance fee was $10, with a concession cost to senior visitors at $8.00. We did not book tickets in advance.

There is a lot to see. Some of the architectural highlights include the carvings of the transfiguration of Jesus, St. John, and 32 biblical characters. You’ll also see a beautiful stained-glass rose window by the renowned artist Charles Connick, who used over 10,000 pieces of glass in his design. There are seven side chapels in the cathedral, each with their own individuality. I particularly found the chapel containing the ‘The Life of Christ’ a bronze and white-gold triptych altarpiece, particularly moving. It is among the last works of noted New York City artist Keith Haring, and was completed just weeks before his death from AIDS. True to Haring’s inimitable and exuberant style, the altarpiece is crowded with angels and human figures, whose outstretched limbs lead the eye to the central figure of Christ.

After the hustle and bustle of New York City, the church offers a welcome sanctuary of calm and serenity. The cathedral is fully accessible to those using mobility assistance. The visit by subway, take the 1, B, or C Train to the 110th Street / Cathedral Parkway station. It is a short walk from there.
Written October 5, 2022
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