The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine – NYC
With the feeling of being immersed into Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan is nothing short of majestic. Confronted by a beautiful nave and a vaulted ceiling that soars 124 feet above you, the height of a 12-storey building, this historic cathedral is the fourth largest Christian church in the world.
Nicknamed St. John the unfinished, the Cathedral, designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, had undergone radical stylistic changes and the interruption of two World Wars. Originally designed in a Byzantine-Romanesque style, its plans were changed after 1909 into a more Gothic design.
After surviving a fire and repair, it remains unfinished with construction and restoration continuously on-going. Though incomplete, it is pretty hard for anyone to view this colossal structure as unfinished for its magnificent interiors and its ethereal expression of the Divine spirit is incredibly overpowering.
There is just so much to look at when you visit Saint John’s. Visitors begin their pilgrimage in front of the mighty façade looming over Amsterdam Avenue. What is obvious is the French influence on the Cathedral’s architecture.
What to Look Out For?
1. The central Portal of Paradise
2. 3-ton bronze doors below the portal are decorated with 60 relief castings
3. The great Rose window
4. The Chapels of the Seven Tongues
5. The Peace Fountain