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While it's common to find cathedrals in Europe, it's not common to find them in the United States. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the exception to this rule. It is also the largest cathedral in the world. The cathedral is over 200 yards long, longer than two football fields and tall enough to fit the Stature of Liberty beneath its dome. It is a beautiful combination of Gothic and Romanesque architecture with its intricate stained glass window, garden complex and peacocks that serenely wander the cathedrals property.
The idea for the cathedral came about in 1888 and the firm of Heins & Lafarge won the contract to build this house of worship that would open for people off all nations to enjoy. It was built over a hundred year period although there is still work being done on the cathedral including restoration work, it was officially rededicated in 2008, 67 years after it was dedicated during the height of America's involvement in World War II. The cathedral was where many people flocked during the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to keep vigil while rescue workers did what they could at Ground Zero.