Vertical Tour of St. John the Divine
Group photo by David Hogarty, Staircase photo by David Rider – All Courtesy of St. John the Divine
Climb to the top of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and explore hidden gems along the way!
- Explore the famous Guastavino spiral staircase, an area of the Cathedral that doesn’t appear on any other tours!
- Discuss the history and neighborhood story of the Cathedral, including the various architectural styles used to build the structure
- Climb atop the Cathedral’s buttresses high above the ground floor and discover the engineering and geometry involved in building a stable Gothic structure
- Get up close and personal with the Cathedral’s stained-glass windows and learn to read their stories
About the event:
During this 90-minute tour, you will explore the art and architecture of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral! Climb spiral staircases up over 12 stories to see the stained-glass windows with astonishing detail and explore the engineering that holds up this masonry marvel. While within the walls, you’ll experience a rare glimpse into the architecture and artistry that is involved in building a sacred space from stone and glass. Explore the masterful Guastavino spiral staircase which is typically closed to the public and will be viewable on this tour especially for Insiders, and end your program on the roof of the Cathedral overlooking the skyline of Manhattan.
This adventurous program requires the use of many stairs and is best for those comfortable with heights and enclosed spaces. Comfortable shoes and water bottles are recommended. Must be 12 years of age or older.
How do I sign up for this event?
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How many tickets can I reserve?
If you are an Insider level member ($20/month), you can reserve 1 ticket to this event. Explorer level members ($30/month) can reserve 2 tickets. If you are a Virtual level member but would like to attend, it’s easy to upgrade your account here!
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The event is sold out?
In-person Insider tours may have limited capacity and are booked on a first come, first served basis.
But don’t worry! Sometimes spots open up closer to the event date if there are cancellations. We also repeat our most popular events when possible so you will have another opportunity to join us. There are also multiple other members-only events weekly that you can join in!
What if I need to cancel?
If you cancel more than 48 hours ahead of the scheduled event, you will receive a 100%. When canceled less than 48 hours before the start of your tour, you will receive a gift card that can be used on any future events. Please be courteous to your fellow Insiders and let us know if you can no longer attend so we can offer your spot to another person.