New York 2013: Saint John the Divine

Clockwise from left: Rose window at National Cathedral, stained glass in nave of National Cathedral, us in front of "Big John" in Morningside Heights (NYC); Rowan Castle's photo "Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran" (from Lonely Planet.com)
Clockwise from left: Rose window at National Cathedral, stained glass in nave of National Cathedral, us in front of “Big John” in Morningside Heights; Rowan Castle’s photo “Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran” (from Lonely Planet.com)

In keeping with my promise to post more about our summer visit to NYC, here is a photo of Big Man and me that I like.  It’s of us in front of the Big John Cathedral which I learned about through Me and Momma and Big John, a picture storybook illustrated by Mara Rockliff.  It’s a beautiful book that, through the story of one family, tells of a apprentice program that put formerly-unemployed NYC residents to work by training them to be, primarily, stonemasons.   The cathedral also had arts programs that trained children to weave and make ceramics; was home to a theatre and dance troupe and an artist-in-residence who is also the resident tightrope walker (for more on this see also “Manhattan’s Medieval Masterpiece” by Michele Lansberg featured in 1989 issue of Reader’s Digest and printed here).  I had to indulge my inner art nerd by paying a visit.   Since Big Man seems inclined toward architecture or engineering, I thought he’d enjoy seeing it too.   And he did.  Even though we’ve not visited the National Cathedral in D.C. or the Nasir al Mulk mosque I include those photos in the collage as a reminder of the architectural kinship that exists between some of the most majestic churches, mosques and synagogues, Big John included.

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