"A Roman Catholic Bastion in a Secular City part1" St Patrick's Cathedral Tip by machomikemd
St Patrick's Cathedral, New York City: 89 reviews and 156 photos
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in North America. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, at 50th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, just across the street from Rockefeller Center.It is also the ceremonial heart of the city with many parades passing by it (see my parade tips). Its prominence is due in part to its location and architecture, and mainly because of the Large Roman Catholic Congregation in New York like the Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans.The first St. Patrick's was built in 1815 at 260-4 Mulberry Street between Prince and East Houston Streets but was burned down in 1868 and was rebuilt but downgraded to a parish church after completion of the new cathedral uptown on a site that had been purchased by the church as a burial ground. With its two soaring 330-foot spires, it is also one of the city's most spectacular architectural sights. Construction on the neo-gothic structure was begun in 1850 and completed in 1878. Inside, Services are held throughout the day, and many New Yorkers stop in for a moment of serenity in their otherwise hectic days. I will have more pictures and tips here due to a revisit in 2010.
Address: East 51st St, 5th Avenue.
Directions: 460 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022-6863
Phone: (212) 753-2261
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