The Cathedral of St. John the 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 in New York City
on Amsterdam Avenue
between West 110th Street
and 113th Street in Manhattan
's Morningside Heights
The cathedral vies with Liverpool Cathedral
for the title of the largest Anglican cathedral and church.
It is also the fourth largest Christian church in the world.
The interior covers 121,000 sq ft (11,200 m2), spanning a length of 601 ft (183.2 meters) and height 232 ft (70.7 meters). The interior height of the nave is 124 feet (37.8 meters).
The cathedral, designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, has undergone radical stylistic changes and the interruption of the two World Wars. Originally designed in the Byzantine Revival
styles, the plan was changed after 1909 to a Gothic Revival
After a large fire on December 18, 2001, it was closed for repairs and reopened in November 2008.
, with construction and restoration a continuing process.
As a result, it is often nicknamed St. John the Unfinished