5. Cathedral of St. John the Divine Vertical Tour
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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is an active house of worship, arts, cultural, and civic center, as well as a feat of human engineering. Despite incomplete construction, it is the largest cathedral in the world, which features Byzantine-Romanesque and neo-Gothic architecture. The church sits on a 12-acre Close with explorable gardens, other historic buildings and resident peacocks.
On this adventurous, “behind-the-scenes” tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world’s largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates on the roof with a sweeping view of Manhattan. Tour participants must be 12 years old or older.