Thursday, March 26, 2009

St. John the Divine

I walked past the Cathedral of St. John the Divine recently and remembered reading about its recent rededication after a fire seriously damaged the interior. Here's a quote from a November 2008 New York Times article: "Seven years after a raging fire destroyed its north transept and crippled its organ, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine was rededicated on Sunday morning in a service attended by religious leaders, political leaders and thousands of New Yorkers. The reopening of the cathedral’s entire 601-foot-long interior, and the repair of its 8,500-pipe Great Organ, followed more than five years of cleaning and restoration." I didn't have time to stop in to see it that day, but hopefully sometime soon.

3 comments:

the_plainsman said...

The largest cathedral in the world by many accounts, I wonder if they will ever finish it? It is taking longer than the Second Avuenue Subway! I hope that they finish the south tower and begin and finish the north tower in my lifetime. Your photograph allowed me to study the interesting architectural details - something I had not done before.

Olivier said...

la célèbre "St John l'inachevée." elle est magnifique, j'aime tous les détails, les petites sculptures, et cette superbe rosace.
la célèbre "St John l'inachevée." elle est magnifique, j'aime tous les détails, les petites sculptures, et cette superbe rosace.

DaveM said...

Its always the ornate work on buildings like this that fascinates me. I wonder where they find the craftsmen when any restoration work like this is needed.