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St Patrick's Cathedral, New York City: 89 reviews and 156 photos

The Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral church is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. In December we visit the tree, enjoy the festive holiday windows and Cathedral in Rockefeller Center. The cathedral is built of brick and covered with marble and can accommodate 2,200 people. The spires rise 330 feet from street level.
The Saint Michael and Saint Louis altar was designed by Tiffany & Co. The Saint Elizabeth altar was designed by Paolo Medici of Rome, Italy.

The land was purchased for $11,000 on March 6, 1810, as a site for a school for young Roman Catholic men, the New York Literary Institution, to be conducted by the Jesuits. The school closed and was sold to the diocese. In 1814, the diocese gave use of the property to Dom Augustin LeStrange, abbot of a community of Trappists who came to America fleeing persecution by French authorities. With the downfall of Napoleon in that year, the Trappists returned to France, abandoning the property.

The Diocese of New York, created in 1808, was made an archdiocese by Pope Pius IX on July 19, 1850. In 1853, Archbishop John Joseph Hughes announced his intention to erect a new cathedral to replace the Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral in downtown Manhattan. The new cathedral was designed by James Renwick, Jr. in the Gothic Revival style. On August 15, 1858, the cornerstone was laid, just south of the diocese's orphanage. At that time, present-day midtown Manhattan was far north of the populous areas of New York City. Its huge proportions dominating the midtown of that time. The stained-glass windows in the Lady Chapel were designed and made in Chipping Campden, England. The cathedral was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976

Address: East 51st St, 5th Avenue.
Directions: Rockefellar Center
Phone: (212) 753-2261
Website: http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/

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  • Written Jan 16, 2010
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