Madison Avenue 460
between 50th and 51st streets
New York

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York comprises a neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church which can accommodate up to 3000 people. Dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland, it is the biggest church in the country and the most visited monument in the Big Apple. Visitors can find it on 5th Avenue and 50th street between the towering skyscrapers of the world famous Rockefeller center.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral architecture

Construction commenced in 1858 and the church was finally inaugurated in 1879. It is made of brick clad in marble whilst the two towers on the façade stand more than 100 metres high. It is currently used as the seat for the archbishop of New York.

Saint Patrick Cathedral’s most prominent architectural features include the beautiful stained glass rose window, made by famous American painter Charles Connick, which graces the façade.

Also worthy of mention is the stone altar and the sanctuary bronze baldachin, as well as the Pietà, said to be three times bigger than MichaelAngelo’s famous Pietà housed in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Finally, the cathedral is home to an award-winning series of images depicting the Stations of the Cross.

Visiting Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Group tours of the church are available free of charge, the schedule of which you can find here.

Alternatively if you just fancy admiring the stunning architecture at your own pace then Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is open daily from 6:45am to 8:45pm.

 

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