St. Patrick’s Cathedral is seen as one of the sights of New York. With its central location on Fifth Avenue, opposite Rockefeller Center, this gigantic cathedral is impossible to miss! St. Patrick’s dates back to the 19th century and is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in North America.
The beginning of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral was originally built on Mulberry Street, but when the cathedral became too small in 1853 to accommodate all visitors, it was time to move. The new cathedral had to be much larger and the overseer, Archbishop Hughes, decided that moving to Uptown was the best option. His idea was initially not well received, because this area was too far from the center at that time. But he was convinced that this area would soon become the heart of the city. It looks like he was right! The first stone of the cathedral as we know it was laid in 1858. Today, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is located in Midtown, close to other New York landmarks such as Central Park and Grand Central Terminal.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral inside
St. Patrick’s Cathedral looks impressive both inside and out. The doors of the cathedral were initially closed, but nowadays they are open to visitors. Go inside and admire the high ceilings, the 3700 stained glass windows and the Michelangelo’s Pietà replica (three times the size of the original). There are also works of art made by artists from all over the world. Up to 3000 people in and from the ground up to the church towers is 100.6 meters high. There is a guided tour from Monday to Friday at 10.00, where you learn more about the architecture and history of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is a free tour, but donations are welcome.
Explore the Catacombs and other areas that most visitors miss
Go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, and see parts of the church that are otherwise off-limits to visitors, during this small-group catacombs tour. Meet your guide at a convenient location in Lower Manhattan, and follow them into the church’s catacombs. As you explore, you’ll learn all about the landmark’s place in New York history, will see its organ and other key features, and discover the final resting place of famous New Yorkers past.
What we find most special about St. Patrick’s is the location. This amazing building stands amidst the bustle of Fifth Avenue and all luxury shops. It is a big contrast, typical of New York.
Opening hours: daily from 6.30 am to 8.45 pm
Adres: 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States