Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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August 24th 2021
Published: August 24th 2021
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Aaron & Patrick’s Surprise Tour today was a real surprise, as it was something I did not expect to see in New York City!

Construction began in 1892, of The Cathedral of St. John The Divine in the then-popular Byzantine-Romanesque style of architecture, it was designed to rival St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. By 1909 the cathedral’s plan was updated to the more fashionable Gothic style, and today although officially “unfinished”, the structure is considered to be one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

Located next to the Cathedral was the Peace Fountain, built in 1985 by Greg Wyatt to depict the struggle of good and evil. The 40 foot-high bronze sculpture weaves together representations of the conflict between good and evil.

Around the fountain base there are a series of small bronze animal sculptures created by School children. So magical.

Another surprise was to see peacocks in the vicinity of the cathedral. We saw two but there are three of them, named after clergymen at the Cathedral: The white peacock is Phil, and the other two are Jim and Harry. Apparently, they have been around since the 1980s, when they
were donated to the church by the Bronx Zoo & Phil has his own Instagram account.

We wandered through a rose garden and The Biblical Garden where it was easy to forget that you were in the centre of a busy city.

The tour finished with a pastry treat for Aaron & Patrick

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