Some of the links for my last St John the Divine post are out of date but the picture and story are still good. However, this post is about why you should go out of your way to see this Largest Cathedral in the world and my still to do bucket list items here.
These pictures are from the yearly Tour Guide education courses. The peacock is a favorite sighting and well, when we went on the crypt tour, we encountered some very old "lost tourists". Moral is don't wander off too far and never go beyond closed doors on your own. The Cathedral sponsors several Public Tours each week. Over the years I've been on almost all of them with other tour guides and seen more than the public ever sees. I still hope to visit the Textile Conservation Lab one of these days. There is so much to see that I would recommend that you read about the Cathedral before you visit or after you return home and just enjoy the sheer beauty of the place when you visit.
The Cathedral had a fire at the end of 2001 and it took until 2008 to complete the cleaning. One of my clients brings each of his grandchildren when they turn 11. I've gotten to know 3 of them and I am waiting for the 4th. He also visited with his wife and daughter and son-in-law on one trip. He saw different sections of the Cathedral during his first two trips and finally saw the whole place on a later trip. The Cathedral is alway in need of support for the maintenance and completion of this majestic building and for the services the Church provides to the community and the world.
Twice a year, around the Winter and Summer Solstices, the Paul Winter Consort does concerts at the Cathedral. I have never been to any of them. But, this year, he is doing a special concert on March 16th and 17th and I intend to go on the 17th. This year's concert is called The Flyways Project. Follow the link and you will realize that it is about so much more than music. I will be buying my ticket soon for the 17th. I hope to see some of you there.