Vertical Tour

Grades 7 and Up

On this adventurous tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Explore the stories of the stained-glass windows and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral.

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Cathedrals in the Middle Ages

Grades 4-12

Enter the exciting world of the Middle Ages and appreciate the historic role cathedrals played as centers of culture, worship, trade, and pilgrimage. Explore how the role of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is similar to and different from a medieval cathedral.

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Architecture and Geometry

Grades 5-8

Investigate the architectural styles used to build the Cathedral and explore the architectural design process and its relationship with geometry.

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World Religions: On Common Grounds

Grades 4 - 12

Travel the world and explore the themes and practices of different world religions. Investigate the common ground shared between a variety of belief systems’ values, symbols, and history.

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Grades 3-12

Examine the role of diversity among cultures emigrating to New York during the 19th and 20th centuries by exploring the Cathedral’s history, neighborhood, and mission. Experience the many ways that the Cathedral continues to celebrate values of inclusion, acceptance, and welcome.

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Civics at the Cathedral

Grades 7 - 12

Explore the concepts of democracy and civic engagement as you get to know the Cathedral’s history, art, and architecture. Investigate activist art, the historic connections in America between church and state, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

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If you are interested in exploring a subject not listed above, please contact our Education Office at [email protected]. We would be happy to discuss personalized options with you!