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 • 4 min walk
  • 116th St – Columbia University • 6 min walk
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Kaan Kuskonmaz
Istanbul, Türkiye62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It's the largest cathedral I've ever seen. We stopped after seeing this huge building to take some snaps of it during the city tour.
Written 23 April 2024
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Mary N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Please am the member of church.but I have been away from church for some time. Am here in Africa came back in May ending.pray for me.Thanks.
Written 11 April 2024
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Lori M
California1,833 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
were not able to go inside because we refused to pay $15 to take a peek and in order to go in for meditation the guard said we had to leave our purses with him while we spoke to the ticket office - uh NO. he let us look from the door and it wasn't that impressive, certainly no St. Patrick's! there was a colorful curtain of threads hanging down which obscured the view. there were impressive stone columns metal doors - the outside was imposing and gorgeous.
Written 10 April 2024
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Bonnie
Mocksville, NC12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
What a spectacular church. The history was very interesting. I enjoyed my visit so much. I am very happy to report that the security person was not the female everyone has mentioned. He was a very nice gentleman. Take the time to visit this church. It was definitely worth the $15.
Written 26 March 2024
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Farwriter
London, UK125 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 22 February 2024
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Al M
Boston, MA119 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 8 January 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 20 December 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 26 October 2023
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D Adhikary
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 26 October 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,580 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 15 September 2023
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