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1047 Amsterdam Ave., nr. W. 112th St. (Upper West Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-316-7540 | www.stjohndivine.org
HOURS/TIMESMon.-Sat.: 7:00am-6:00pm, Sun.: 7:00am-7:00pm; Highlight Tours: Mon.-Sat.: 11:00am, 1:00 pm; Select Sundays: 1:00pm; Vertical Tours: Wed.: 12:00pm, Sat.: 12:00pm, 2:00pm; Spotlight Tours: hours vary
PRICE (CATHEDRAL; HIGHLIGHT TOURS; VERTICAL TOURS; SPOTLIGHT TOURS)Cathedral entry: Free; Highlight Tours: Adults: USD 6; Seniors and Students: USD 5; Vertical Tours: Adults: USD 15; Seniors and Students: USD 12; Spotlight Tours: Adults: USD 10; Seniors and Students: USD 8
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - for Vertical Tours; book online
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONVertical and Spotlight Tours often sold out in advance
HIGHLIGHTSGreat Rose Window; Vertical Tour
SUBWAYCathedral Pkwy.-Broadway (1); Cathedral Pkwy.-Central Park W. (B, C); 116th St.-Columbia University (1)
Jokingly referred to as “Saint John the Unfinished,” this massive Episcopal church (generally acknowledged to be the world’s largest cathedral, depending on how you take the measurements) has been a work in progress since 1892. Once you step inside the cavernous space, it’s not hard to see why it’s still not finished–to give some sense of the scale, the nave is the length of two football fields, and the interior could easily fit the Statue of Liberty. A series of guided tours are available that highlight various aspects of its history and architecture, like the Great Rose Window (the largest stained glass window in the US) and the American Poets’ Corner (which recognizes great American wordsmiths).
GO HERE WITH
Architecture buffs; friends; family
WHY WE LIKE IT
There’s a great range of tours, which means there something for everyone, from family friendly look-'rounds to Halloween crypt crawls. Our favorite is the Vertical Tour, which (if you survive the hellish 124-foot climb up a circular stone staircase) offers fantastic views of the stained glass windows. (Just don’t forget to bring a flashlight for the stairs.)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The barbed wire and fences encircling the cathedral aren’t exactly welcoming.
GOOD TO KNOW
All tours leave from the Visitor Center and last about an hour. If you’re coming with kids, keep in mind that under-12s aren’t allowed on the Vertical Tour. If you’re interested in connecting with the Saint John the Divine community, check out their annual Blessing of the Animals to celebrate St. Francis. (It’s held on the first Sunday in October.)
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