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Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

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Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

The Cathedral of St. John: The Great Divine, officially the Cathedral Church of Saint John: The Great Divine in the City and Diocese of New York, is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is located at 1047 Amsterdam AvenueNew York City (between West 110th Street, which is also known as “Cathedral Parkway”, and 113th Street) in Manhattan‘s Morningside Heights. The New York St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and the campus of Columbia University are nearby.

The cathedral disputes with Liverpool Anglican Cathedral the title of the largest cathedral and Anglican church and fourth largest Christian church in the world. The inside covers 121,000 sq ft (11,200 m2), spanning a length of 183.2 meters (601 ft) and height 70.7 meters (232 ft). The inside height of the nave is 37.8 meters (124 feet).

The cathedral, designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, has, in its history, undergone radical stylistic changes and the interruption of the two World Wars. Originally designed as ByzantineRomanesque, the plan was changed after 1969 to a Gothic design. After a large fire on December 18, 2001, it was closed for repairs and reopened in November 2008. It remains unfinished, with construction and restoration a continuing process. As as result, it is often nicknamed St. John the Unfinished.

Architects: Christopher Grant LaFarge and George Lewis Heins; Ralph Adams Cram

(excerpts from Wikipedia)

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