5. Modern Images Hidden in Stained Glass

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Upper West Side Stained Glass Windows

In addition to having numerous stained glass windows that depict Biblical and post-Biblical religious scenes, Saint John the Divine has a plethora of modern imagery hidden throughout their stained glass windows. The Nave features fourteen themed bays, which honor professions and human endeavor.

The Cathedral claims that any profession can fit into one of these themes, which include Communications, Medicine, Law, and Sports. The themed bays juxtapose traditional religious imagery with modern and secular images, including a 1925 prototype television, a train, Betsy Ross, Robert E. Lee, and even the sinking of the Titanic.

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Upper West Side Michelangeo caving david stained glass window