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Cathedral of San Patricio




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Metro: Lines E y M, stops Fifth Avenue o 53RD St; lines B, D, F y M, stop 47-50th St-Rockefeller Ctr.

Bus: Lines M49, M50, M54, M56, M65, M77 stop Eden Quay.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral of New York is the largest neo-gothic style catholic cathedral in North America. It is located on 51st Street and the famous 5th Avenue, in front of the Rockefeller Center. The cathedral was designed by James Renwick Jr, in a neo-gothic style. Construction began in 1858 but was halted during the American Civil War. It was completed in 1865.

The cathedral was designed by James Renwick Jr, in a neo-gothic style. Construction began in 1858 but was halted during the American Civil War. It was completed in 1865. The design tried to recreate a great temple whose towers, of more than 328 ft. high, would dominate New York’s skyline, though today, it pales in comparison with the nearby Rockefeller Center which surpasses it in size considerably. The cathedral was restored between the years 1927-1931, which was when a grand organ was installed and the inner sanctuary of the cathedral was extended.

From the interior it is worth mentioning the enormous organs made up of 3,920 and 5.918 pipes respectively, as well as a sculpture of The Pietà, three times bigger than Michelangelo’s version situated in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

  • It is the largest neo-gothic style catholic cathedral in North America.
  • The needles from the two towers reach a height of 328ft from street level.
  • In the back part of the cathedral there is a bust of Pope John Paul II, which commemorates his visit in 1979.
  • Saint Michael and Saint Louis’ altar was designed by Tiffany & Co., and Saint Isabel’s altar was designed by Paolo Medici of Rome.
  • The day the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center is lit, the Cathedral remains open until 10:00PM.

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