This massive cathedral, situated across from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue, is the largest Catholic cathedral in the Uni... More
St. Patrick's Cathedral
This massive cathedral, situated across from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue, is the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States. With its two soaring 330-foot spires, St. Patrick's Cathedral is also one of the city's most spectacular architectural sights. Construction on the neo-gothic structure had started in 1850 and completed in 1878. Inside, it boasts a seating capacity of 2,500, numerous altars and stained glass windows, and a giant organ with over 7,300 pipes. Services are held throughout the day, and many New Yorkers stop in for a moment of serenity in their otherwise hectic lives.
Just beautiful. As a catholic, i was overwhelmed by its atmosphere and it's a very peaceful place in the middle of Manhattan!
Because of its value to the cultural heritage of NYC, visiting St. Patrick is a must.
Beautiful building (inside and out), free admission, and located nearby Rockefeller Center. Nice area for shopping and sightseeing, as well. I spent about an 45 minutes to an hour walking through the cathedral.
Photography is permitted, through there are always people visiting to pray, so out of respect for them, and the cathedral itself I noticed many tourist refrained from taking too many (there are many beautiful stainglass windows, sculptures, and paintings to admire).
Well worth visiting!
The Cathedral is absolutely gorgeous and structurally different from pretty much everything else in the city. People like to light the prayer candles and take pictures of the inside, but a warning: most pictures don't turn out unless taken with a digital camera, so don't waste your film. I'd recommend it, but it's not a total necessity for a good trip to NYC if you have other things planned.