St Patricks Cathedral
Things to Do in New York City
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The great churches, cathedrals and basilicas give us a deeply meaningful gift, even if we are not religious: art, architecture and a sense of reverence. St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City is among those stunning buildings that touch the artistic and spiritual heart of humans, and it is open daily for visitors.
Situated on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, St Patrick’s has been a mainstay of the Catholic Church since 1878. Its nickname is the “Cathedral of Mirrors”. Built in the neo-Gothic vernacular, the church erection committee used a Victorian-era version of modern group-funding, and got 103 donors to ante up $1,000 each, a mighty sum in those days, while others donated what they could and others, still, worked directly on the project as labourers. Its spires ascend 330 feet, lording (pun intended) over the 2,400-seat cathedral.
St. Patrick’s, named after the patron saint of Ireland, consumes an entire city block, in the centre of a busy business district, a work of art for all to see and share. For tourists of the city, it also offers respite from the din. Drop by and view the 2,800 stained glass panels, 21 altars (yes, it’s that big!) and 19 bells.