St John the Divine: A Merging of Two Architectural Styles

Before we begin the climb up the cathedral, I explored the ground floor once again. This time, using the RAW settings. I think I got much better images this way.

The history of the cathedral is very interesting. It can be seen here. Due to the architect dying before finishing, the Western side of the cathedral is done in a gothic style while the eastern end is a more classical style. It is a very sharp contrast when you walk through the nave, both in style and lighting. The building is still unfinished, even more so since the fire in 2001 that destroyed the northern transept. They continue to raise funds in the hopes that the building will eventually be finished.

The Phoenix exhibit kind of dominates the nave.

The Phoenix exhibit kind of dominates the nave.

Natural light down the side of the nave is augmented by hanging lighting.

Natural light down the side of the nave is augmented by hanging lighting.

A closer view of the Phoenix art structure.

A closer view of the Phoenix art structure.

The choral area is a tad messy with discarded chairs from earlier in the day.

The choral area is a tad messy with discarded chairs from earlier in the day.

The altar in the transept with the nave in the background.

The altar in the transept with the nave in the background showing the contrasting line of the architecture.

Looking west along the south aisle of the nave.

Looking west along the south aisle of the nave.

A 9/11 memorial in the nave.

A 9/11 memorial in the nave.

An interesting table.

An interesting table.

Prayer candles and stained glass.

Prayer candles and stained glass.

Each window covers a theme - this one is medicine.

Each window covers a theme – this one is medicine.

This window is either craftsmen or literature.

This window is either craftsmen or literature.

The ambulatory - area behind the altar that wraps around it forming the eastern end of the cathedral.

The ambulatory – area behind the altar that wraps around it forming the eastern end of the cathedral.

Shadows and light: always present in the cathedral.

Shadows and light: always present in the cathedral.

Looking up at the roof of the ambulatory.

Looking up at the roof of the ambulatory.

An archangel statue.

An archangel statue.

More shadow and light.

More shadow and light.

One of several chapels in the ambulatory.

One of several chapels in the ambulatory – in areas called a Chevette.

A chapel and the gate in front of it.

A chapel and the gate in front of it.

The large side chapel on the south side of the ambulatory.

The large side chapel on the south side of the ambulatory.

Apparently this angel angered someone who struck off its nose.

Apparently this angel angered someone who struck off its nose.

Detail of the choral seats.

Detail of the choral seats – wood carving.

The main altar.

The main altar.

Looking down the choir to the nave and rose window.

Looking down the choir to the nave and rose window.

From one end to the other. Note the differences in lighting.

From one end to the other. Note the differences in lighting.

High above the altar.

High above the altar.

More of the transept and brickwork.

More of the transept and brickwork.

Each section of the nave is set up for different aspects of society. Here are the poets/artists.

Each section of the nave is set up for different aspects of society. Here are the poets/artists.

The poet window.

The poet window.

Floor tiles in Poets' Corner.

Floor tiles in Poets’ Corner.

The golden gates of the cathedral - they do open, but it's a rarity.

The golden gates of the cathedral – they do open, but it’s a rarity.

Next week: We climb the Cathedral from the ground floor to the roof.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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