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The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10025 USA

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“a beautiful example of the 13th century High Gothic style”

The building as it appears today confirms primarily to a second design campaign from the prolific Gothic Revival architect Ralph Adams Cram of the Boston firm Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson. Without copying any one historical model, and without compromising its authentic stone-on-stone construction by using modern steel girders, Saint John the Divine is an example of the 13th century High Gothic style of northern France.The Cathedral is 601 feet (186 meters) in length, and the nave ceiling reaches 124 feet (37.7 m) high.[10] It is the longest Gothic nave in the United States, at 230 feet (70 m). Seven chapels radiating from the ambulatory behind the choir are each in a distinctive nationalistic style, some of them borrowing from outside the Gothic vocabulary. These chapels are known as the "Chapels of the Tongues", and they are devoted to St. Ansgar, patron of Denmark, who is venerated as an apostle to the Scandinavian countries; St. Boniface, apostle of the Germans; St. Columba, patron of Ireland and Scotland; St. Savior (Holy Savior), devoted to immigrants from the east, especially Africa and Asia; St. Martin of Tours, patron of the French; St. Ambrose, patron of Italy; and St. James, patron of Spain. The designs of the chapels are meant to represent each of the seven most prominent ethnic groups to first immigrate to New York City upon the opening of Ellis Island in 1892, the same year the Cathedral was begun.

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ewm82

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August 23, 2017
Rated 5.0

There is an art piece of animals dancing in a circle located here

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Nancy Sewell

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March 17, 2016

one of the largest churches in the world with controversial artwork. Has never been finished

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The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York, New York
10025 USA

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