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“It felt so real, so utterly real—”

This article depicts a subject within the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film universe, and as such, it either does not play a role within or differs largely from the established continuity and canon of the books of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

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The gate of the Institute.

The New York Institute is headquarters of the Shadowhunter in New York. It is a place of refuge for Shadowhunters who are away from their home in Idris.[1]


The Institute is hidden behind a glamour, appearing to mundanes as a run-down cathedral. In fact, it is a majestic Gothic structure.[1] The front gate—a set of church doors—is fortified and protected by a locking mechanism from the inside.[2]



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Clary reading a book in the library, as seen in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The library is the knowledge core of the Institute. It is filled with tomes detailing Shadowhunter and demon history.[1]

Inside the library is a statue of the angel Raziel. In the lower level is a Portal hidden behind a gate, with an etching of the Mortal Cup, that can be unlocked by turning the attached dial to select the right combination of runes in order. The Institute was built around the Portal.[2]


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Jace Wayland and Clary Fray in the greenhouse on the eve of Clary's birthday.

This arboretum contains a multitude of botanical species, some known only to Shadowhunters.[1]


The Institute has an infirmary—a huge room with an arched wooden ceiling with murals. Additionally, it has several rooms in its residential wing that can hold the hundreds of Shadowhunters who used to seek asylum in the Institute.[2]



  • According to Jace, some believe that the Institute was the first building in New York.
  • Scenes for the film were filmed inside University of Toronto's Knox College for the interior shots of the film's Institute.[3]