Art: Modern Divine?

As cathedrals go, the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, atop Manhattan's Morningside Heights, has turned out to be a slowpoke. Begun 62 years ago, it has been abuilding almost as long as Paris' Notre Dame (72 years), is still only two-thirds completed. When finished, St. John's will be well buttressed with superlatives. Its nave already encloses the longest unbroken vista in Christendom. In overall size it will be second only to St. Peter's in Rome. But with $16 million already spent, St. John's still lacks its twin portal towers and south transept. Its daring center cross section, 10,000...

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