Chapter 4. The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine

The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine

Façade of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on an overcast February afternoon. Taken at ISO 64, f/2, 1/30 second with a 28mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

There are two great reasons to shoot this cathedral: It is incredibly beautiful, and it is very photographer friendly.

Standing in front of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, you can't help but feel transported to one of the great cities of Europe. Covering more than half a city block, it is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. This church gives you the opportunity to make creative architectural shots on a grand and close-up scale.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The cathedral is a bit off the beaten track. You won't really see this magnificent building unless you actually plan for it. It's just a 15-minute subway ride from midtown (take the 1 or 9 train to 110th Street). Once there, you have a chance to shoot this magnificent building from the front, and also inside.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best vantage points from which to photograph the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine: (A) 112th and Amsterdam Ave and (B) interior of the cathedral. Other photo ops: (5) Central Park.

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Be sure to plan your visit around the church's scheduled services. Guided tours are ...

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