I made a return trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on a bright sunny day. Since I’ve covered the exterior and the church history in an earlier post, this will be mostly covering the interior and the sections I did not walk by, including the fire damage of the north transept. The interior is quite vast, there are no pews for people to sit in, just chairs in the end of the nave that connects with the transepts. The transepts stop at the edge of the nave. I see no evidence of a south transept, but the north one was damaged and collapsed in a fire back in 2001. In the ambulatory and the apse there are 3 chapels, a mausoleum, and the crypt of a bishop.
The west end of the nave are wide open and the light comes shining in through the stained glass windows in such a way to create a rainbow effect on the pillars. There are numerous pieces of art spread out along the nave and aisles. Most are religious and possibly artifacts/relics, but there are a few modern pieces, including some in reference to 9/11.
There is a suggested donation before you enter the nave. There are also several tours that would take you to other areas of the cathedral. I didn’t go on a day that explored the upper levels so I settled on exploring the main floor on my own. Not a total let down. It gives me a reason to go back a third time to see more in the future.
Next week: The snow finally arrived! So we will have a romp through Central Park with tons and tons of snow.