I went on a trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to climb it with untapped cities – who have already posted some of my pics, along with others, of the event here. The tour takes about an hour and is slightly claustrophobic as the stair case is a circular staircase that is inside a buttress. So for a larger person, like me, it can be a little tight at times. Also, if you have issues with heights, you may have some trouble on this tour. I had a slight attack on the first stage (which is the longest climb by stairs) but after I got past that, I was fine. My group consisted of people of all ages, so yes, if you feel you can do roughly 12 floors of stairs, then you should give this a try.
This is the door into the stairwell.
Up in the Triforium, looking out into the nave (already above the phoenix art piece).
The windows are getting closer.
Occasionally there are windows in the stairwell.
Yes, we are outside walking on the lower portion of a flying buttress.
Looking up at the buttress and windows.
Heavy doors at various stages.
Welcome to the clerestory – you are standing on the portion of a flying buttress that is inside the building.
Nice and close to the windows now.
Looking down at the triforium.
Looking through the pillars and ribbed vaulting to see other windows.
Some ribbed vaulting on the ceiling.
Through the fake windows to a real one.
We enter the attic – above the clerestory and ribbed vaulting.
Lots of steelwork holding up the roof.
Light is coming in from the roof.
It kind of looks like a sewer.
Stay on the path or fall 12 floors. Yikes.
Welcome to the roof.
Our tour guide shills some bags while demonstrating the various sections of our climb.
The window that let light into the attic.
Looking around the roof level.
Our view of the Peace Fountain from the roof.
Leaning on the banister for a more centered shot.
Back down the spiral staircase we go.
Next week: they finished (for the most part) the extension of the Highline. So let’s go take a look.