Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Located on the southern fringe of Harlem, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Begun in 1892, the cathedral is still only two-thirds finished. Neighborhood youths are trained by European masons in the courtyard next to the church to cut limestone and granite in the centuries-old style to be used in the cathedral’s construction. When completed, it will be the largest Gothic style cathedral in the world. St. John the Divine embraces the interfaith tradition with seven chapels (the Chapels of the Seven Tongues), each dedicated to a different nation or ethnic group.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Great Rose Window at the cathedral is the largest stained glass window in the United States. It contains more than 10,000 pieces of glass.
  • In the Sports Bay stained glass window, there are over two dozen sports depicted, including bowling, auto racing, figure skating, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, fishing, and golf.
  • In the American History Window, one can see the images of Christopher Columbus, the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin, and the sinking of the Titanic.


The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

NYC’s Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
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