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A Cathedral Transformed by Light

interior cathedral st john divine

Last Sunday, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine was rededicated seven years after a fire which spread smoke and soot throughout the sanctuary. The painstaking cleaning has removed decades of grime and transformed the church into a light-filled space in which architectural details can be seen for the first time in living memory, from carvings in the once-dark corners of the chapels to bas-relief angels some 200 feet overhead. If you have a head for heights, sign up now for the members-only vertical tour plus Matt Postal commentary on Saturday, December 13. Call 212-935-2075 to RSVP. $30. Tours begin at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Space is limited.