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

  • Matthew Nelson

    5
    - 02 September 2018 -

    Huge cathedral - nice way to get out of the city streets for a break on a hot day. The entrance fee is worth it, the day I was here, I was just about the only one walking around. Many of the different rooms offer really interesting sculpture and lighting. Towards the main entrance is some newer sculpture, lots of different variety. the size of the place is massive, it's hard to convey in pictures, its really worth checking out.

  • Hsiung Leu

    5
    - 02 September 2018 -

    When I was younger I used to love hearing the church bells ring though the streets many blocks away...it was like no other experience. I also used to enjoy attending the free concerts they would hold routinely throughout the year. Over the years it seems they have run into financial troubles and had to sell or lease some of their grounds and charge an entrance fee to stay afloat. It's certainly one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals I've seen and an iconic component to the flavor of the neighborhood and worthy of support. And in a place that is ruthless with change like NY it's crucial to show support to something that holds so much beauty for the area and the world.

  • Doherty Laura

    1
    - 31 August 2018 -

    I was at the ER and sick decided to go in and say a prayer ....then I see an admission price. I said to the man you have to pay to get into the church? He said what brings you in today? I said i was at the ER and sick just decided to come it....forge it and walked out.... That was truely the saddest display of greed... Someone walks in sick to pray and is stopped because they have no cash on them. I was raised Catholic but haven't been to church in a long time...decided to go back in a time of need. Guess I'm not going back.

  • Brad Snelling

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Definitely worth the visit, and if you’re comfortable with heights and not claustrophobic, take the full guided tour and you’ll see this place from a point of view you have yet to imagine. The scale of this place is hard to comprehend, even when you’re standing in the middle of it. Don’t miss the sculpture outside just south of the front door. It’s beautifully odd and I see something new every time I look at it.

  • A Google User

    5
    - 12 August 2018 -

    One of the largest cathedrals in the world, under construction for over 100 years and still not finished. Started in the Romanesque style and completed in the Gothic style. A MUST SEE in Manhattan.

  • Ankit Bhavsar

    5
    - 09 August 2018 -

    I visited here for a free New York Philharmonic concert over memorial day weekend. For any free show a long line was expected and the wait was not bad at all because of the incredible views of the building and grounds. Off to the side there was an amazing statue area with different things to see. The best part was a white peacock. If you go definitely try to check it out!

  • Jurriaan Peeters

    1
    - 02 August 2018 -

    Outside it was advertised on giant posters you can climb the many stairs and enjoy the great view, so after paying the 10$ to get in, which is already weird for a Christian church. I get told I am not allowed to climb the stairs alone. I needed a tour Guide for which I ofcourse have tot pay extra. Besides that there is nothing impressive to see inside that you cant see from the outside. Not worth the visit.

  • Kipchirchir Bitok

    5
    - 29 July 2018 -

    Check out the beautiful architecture of this historic place! There's an admission fee ... but you won't be turned away if you cannot afford the admission fee.

  • Beth Passaro

    5
    - 04 July 2018 -

    Spectacular architecture and excellent music. The big services at Easter, Christmas and St. Francis Day are standing room only but regular Sunday liturgies are wonderful too. My favorite is the Sunday evensong, an intimate experience in this enormous space. Many events, and all high quality. A jewel.

  • Brad Snelling

    5
    - 20 June 2018 -

    Definitely worth the visit, and if you’re comfortable with heights and not claustrophobic, take the full guided tour and you’ll see this place from a point of view you haven’t yet imagined. The scale of this place is hard to comprehend, even when you’re standing in the middle of it. Don’t miss the sculpture outside just south of the front door. It’s beautifully odd and I see something new every time I look at it.

  • 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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