I was surprised that DH wanted to go back to The Stardust Diner for breakfast as we had been there a couple of days ago. We easily got a seat, around 10am seems to work. Our server was not as good as the previous visit, however, he did sing well.
After breakfast we headed over to 8th St. to pick up the Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) bus.
My main goal, and had been on my list for this trip was St. John the Divine Cathedral. I wish I had read their website before we went as they have some very interesting tours that we could perhaps have worked into our schedule such as a Vertical Tour that is described as "On this adventurous, “behind-the-scenes” tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world's largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates on the roof with a wonderful view of Manhattan.".
While reading about the church for this post I came across some very interesting information on this site linking the church to the occult.
Here are some of our photos. In researching I was thrilled to find a link to the Templars in an article as I am a huge fan of anything Templar.
Illuminati Pyramid and All-Seeing Eye is just above the round window in this photo.
I can also see the pillar with the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The Book of Revelation is said to be encoded with Kabbalistic numerology to reveal its esoteric meaning.
Pillar symbolizing death with the “wheel within a wheel, full of eyes all around”from the vision in the beginning of the book of Ezekiel.
A scene depicting a birth from some kind of flower, surrounded by mummies and above a lamb with its legs tied. Who is being born? Is the Anti-Christ who is said by the Book of Revelation to the beast “coming up out of the earth; and had two horns like a lamb“? Underneath is a spiral vortex (symbolizing change of consciousness?) and people apparently praising or worshipping the figure.
Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
We didn't get a photo of the column depicting the fall of the Twin Towers that was added in 1997 prior to 9/11.
However I did track one down.
One of this Cathedral's key features is its west Rose Window above the main entrance facing the light of the afternoon and setting sun. From inside, the rose window is glorious in its design and colorful radiance.
Like all classically designed Rose Windows, it displays a very definite geometric design.
Outside in the garden some scupltures made by children.
according to the Sinister Sites website (also quoted above)
This sculpture, which basically symbolizes the struggle between Good and Evil, features numerous elements we can find in paganism: Sun worship, mythical creatures and sun versus moon duality. Called “Fountain of Peace”, the sculpture borrows the fantastic, bizarre and distorted art style of the Grotesque. All sorts of animal creatures are emerging from a smiling sun, which represents the basic paradigm of Sun Worship (the Sun as giver of life). The idol points to the east, an ancient pagan tradition. There is also weird stuff on the sculpture like a DNA symbol (a DNA symbol also appears at the entrance of the Cathedral). We all know how genetic modification is as Christian as it gets. We can also find a quote of John Lennon saying “…one day the world will live as one”.
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one