Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York City

4.5
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The largest cathedral in the world, it is located in New York City on Amsterdam Avenue between West 110th Street and 113th Street in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood. Designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, the cathedral has undergone radical stylistic changes and interruption of construction by the two World Wars. Originally designed in the Byzantine Revival-Romanesque Revival styles, the plan was changed after 1909 to a Gothic Revival design. After a large fire destroyed part of the North Transept and the organ on December 18, 2001, the Cathedral was formally rededicated in November 2008 after the completion of extensive renovations to the Cathedral and its organ. It remains unfinished, with construction and restoration a continuing process. As a result, it is often nicknamed St. John the Unfinished. There is a dispute about whether this cathedral or Liverpool Cathedral is the world's largest Anglican cathedral and church. It is also the fifth largest Christian church in the world. The interior covers 121,000 sq ft (11,200 m2), spanning a length of 601 ft (183.2 meters) and height 232 ft (70.7 meters). The interior height of the nave is 124 feet (37.8 meters). The cathedral houses one of the nation's premier textile conservation laboratories to conserve the cathedral's textiles, including the Barberini tapestries to cartoons by Raphael. The laboratory also conserves tapestries, needlepoint, upholstery, costumes, and other textiles for its clients.
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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    07:30 - 18:00

  • Mon

    07:30 - 18:00

  • Tue

    07:30 - 18:00

  • Wed

    07:30 - 18:00

  • Thu

    07:30 - 18:00

  • Fri

    07:30 - 18:00

  • Sat

    07:30 - 18:00

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Reviews

  • L Y

    5
    - 30 May 2018 -

    I visited in May 2011. I walked in for free, they didn't charge a fee back then. The architecture was staggering, made my jaw drop a bit. It's truly a sight to behold. Walking around the gardens was nice too and they had a peacock wandering around (caught me off guard when it flapped its wings, they're huge birds lol). Really beautiful.

  • Todd Labus

    4
    - 14 May 2018 -

    We were on site seeing tour so just drove by but it is beautiful. The architecture is amazing with the carvings of limestone. Heard it was 10$ to get in, glad we drove by.

  • William Woodard

    5
    - 23 April 2018 -

    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.

  • MoonKhild

    1
    - 14 April 2018 -

    My Mattawan Michigan High school choir went to visit this beautiful church. Although there were altercations in scheduling us to sing. In that case we were unable to sing. We have traveled across the country in order to sing in New York. Glad to know that this church is more interested in collecting money, than granting us with a lovely opportunity to sing. On the other hand they "welcomed" us to sing in their park...

  • Simon Cooke

    5
    - 14 March 2018 -

    A wonderful place which goes beyond a place of worship. It plays host to some special events such as a Halloween spectacular. It was my 'local' cathedral for a couple of years but as a non-religious venue, the best memories were made. Never to be forgotten!

  • Paul Rigano

    5
    - 15 January 2018 -

    BEAUTIFUL cathedral!!! The largest in the world, and one of NYC's hidden gems. Sightseeing visits are only $10 (student and senior discounts offered), and well worth it. There are also guided tours, some of which will take you all the way up to the roof!! The tour guides are so incredibly well-versed in the cathedral's amazing history, also a great value for the price. They frequently feature art installations and events, but they're also a functional church and have services every day, which are free to the public. Do not miss this place in your visit to NY!!

  • Jack Hill

    3
    - 30 December 2017 -

    Beautiful architecture bit rich asking for an admittance price for prayer. We saw this cathedral from central park and figured we were close enough to ride to it. Up close it was even more beautiful then we anticipated. Inside was immense and you could hear the halls bellow. Didn't like the idea of a price to go further in, would've been more fitting as a donation.

  • Mike Gallo

    4
    - 26 December 2017 -

    I've visited 3 times...Sting Winter album concert, touristy visit with out of town guests, and 2017 Christmas Eve service. Concert was fantastic with acoustics. Tourist visit was ok. Christmas Eve was not great (service included). Architecture is not much, interior in particular, and is making no progress over the years; there's a cinder block wall front left! Makes the existing old cathedrals even more impressive, to realize how challenging it is to design, build, fund and complete them - with beauty and inspiration.

  • Max Dorsey-Gordon

    5
    - 26 December 2017 -

    I've been here for the excellent tour in which they will tell you about the history of the cathedral and take you up the multiple stories. They tell you all about the arches, what is actually weight bearing and what is just for architectural flair. You will climb high enough to actually see the ceiling from above. And you can tour the grounds and see all the art and exhibits that surround the main hall. Definitely worth an afternoon of your time!

  • Virginia Benedict

    5
    - 01 October 2017 -

    This Cathedral is of important historic precedence. Majestic inside and out. An architectural feat. Recently it went through major restoration. You can go there to meditate and reflect. It's magnificent architecture lends for fairytale weddings. For those of you interested in the meaning of the four horsemen, search this article: “A New York Apocalypse, Hidden in Plain Sight” Allison Meier October 8, 2013 And "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".

  • Rita Vinhal

    - 09 October 2017 -

    Children's sculpture garden

  • Flash Sheridan

    - 12 August 2017 -

    Open 7:30–6

  • Alex Robertson

    - 15 June 2017 -

    cool. weird

  • Amy Cummings

    - 18 May 2017 -

    So gorgeous. It didn't even feel like I was in NYC anymore. Took me right back to Europe!

  • Gaurav Bansal

    - 02 April 2017 -

    The painted glass windows.

  • Dalton Spear

    - 20 December 2016 -

    Beautiful courtyard to see with the statue

  • Zlata Zubenko

    - 15 September 2016 -

    Great tours and architecture. Check out peacocks in the garden (there are 3)

  • Andrew Furman

    - 23 August 2016 -

    70m tall and the 4th largest Christian Church in the world.

  • Alexandra Tritz

    - 12 August 2016 -

    You now have to pay to see the church, not only for the tours, be warned

  • Carlos G

    - 27 July 2016 -

    So nice and big place, in Harlem. You have to visit it.

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