The largest Gothic church in the US, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York. The Cathedral was designed in a Gothic revival style by James Renwick, a renowned 19th century American architect, who incorporated German, French and English Gothic elements in his design. Although the Cathedral opened its doors in 1879, it was not until 1888 that the two 100-metre high spires were completed. The Cathedral is located in the heart of Manhattan at one of the most prestigious locations on Fifth Avenue and 50th Street.
It is a fine view - a quintissential nineteenth century cathedral in the medieval style (or whatever), in among the skyscrapers and temples to Mammon of Midtown. I think this sort of thing demonstrates why NYC is a special place, as it has areas that are among the oldest in USA.
This is the Catholic cathedral. I think St Barts on Park Avenue is the Anglican version.
St. Patrick's is the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the United States and seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. In 1858, when construction began, this bustling section of 5th Avenue was virtually open country and its visionary, Archbishop John Hughes, held to ridicule for its considerable distance from the city. The architect, James Renwick, also designed the Smithsonian Institute's well-known "Castle" in Washington DC.
The church holds about 2,200 people and has beautiful windows crafted in France, England and Boston, several alters designed by Tiffany and Co., and a solid bronze baldachin over the high altar. Eight archbishops are buried in St Patrick's crypt, and funeral masses were held here for New York Yankees Babe Ruth and Billy Martin, football legend Vince Lombardi, singer Celia Cruz, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and many of 9/11's fallen police and firefighters.
Visitors are welcome daily from 6:30 am to 8:45. See the website for service schedule.
St Patrick’s neo-Gothic grandeur is all the more striking for being surrounded by the glitz and skyscrapers of mid-town Fifth Avenue. But it wasn’t always like that. When the cathedral was built, in the mid-nineteenth century, this location was so far outside the city centre, in an area of relative wilderness, that people thought it was mad to locate the cathedral here. Today the cathedral is the centre for the Roman Catholic Church in the city and indeed in the US as a whole, and is also a major tourist destination. There are of course many beautiful statues, windows, chapels and more, as in any cathedral, but for me the loveliest thing about this one in particular is that contrast between it and its surroundings; it is truly a haven of peace in all the wonderful madness of this amazing city.
Even if you’re not religious you may find it an uplifting experience to attend a Mass here, as we did (my husband Chris is a Catholic). The choir is wonderful, and it is inspiring to experience this space as it was intended to be used rather than as simply a beautiful museum. But however and whenever you choose to visit, please don’t miss this oasis of calm in the city that never sleeps.
The cathedral is open every day from 6.30 AM to 8.45 PM. If you wish to attend a service, there is a full schedule on the cathedral’s website. Photography is allowed, including with flash, except during a service, and I noticed also that sightseers are excluded from the main body of the cathedral while a service is in progress, which is as it should be (so if you don’t want to attend a service you should also maybe check out the schedule above as a clash could considerably limit your opportunities for a good look round). No charge is made for admission but you should consider making a donation towards the upkeep of the building and/or making a purchase in the gift shop.
This cathedral is a landmark in NY. You will be awed at this grand and imposing structure in the heart of mid-Manhattan. It is a beloved place of worship for many locals and visitors. I attended the noon mass and it was a pretty solemn affair. The new Pope (Pope Benedict) was a recent visitor.
St. Patrick's in my opinion was the most amazing piece of architecture I was able to see in New York City. The Neo-Gothic architecture is stunning and the tranquility of the inner chamber is an experience in itself. St. Patrick's was constructed in 1810 and changed hands many time in the last few centuries. It is now the seat of New York City's Archbishop and a celebrated tourist destination for all those visiting the city. Visiting this beautiful cathedral should be a must for any tourist, and that won't be difficult considering it is located on Manhattan not from from Central Park and Rockefeller Center.
St. Patrick's is the largest gothic style cathedral in the US. It's a beautiful church and very large - seats over 2,000 people. The stain glass windows and the several altars honoring different saints are magnificient. You may even get to see a wedding!
Cathedral hours 6:30 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
To see the 330 foot tall spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral suddenly appear is one of the joys of walking down 5th Avenue for the very first time! Back in 1850, Archbishop John Hughes decided to have a new Cathedral built on what was then the outskirts of the city. St. Patrick's Cathedral was completed in 1879, and to this day it remains the largest gothic-style cathedral in the United States and it can sit close to 2,500 people. What was once referred to as "Hugues' folly" became the heart of the New York City Catholic community, which swelled thanks to the constant flow of immigrants (back in 1785, there were only 200 Catholics and one priest in the entire city). Nowadays, people come from all over the world to admire the Cathedral's stained windows, Lady Chapel and numerous pieces of religious art work. It was of particular interest to me to find out that American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre got married there in 1920. I also really enjoyed the fact that the lights were kept low in the Cathedral - this helped keep the solemn character and atmosphere of the place, even if there were dozens of people walking around with cameras. It did however make the shock of going back on busy 5th Avenue all the more bigger!
The Cathedral is open everyday from 6:30 am to 8:45 pm, free of charge.
A great deal has been steeped with tradition at this monument. St. Patricks is a stopping place for religious and otherwise. It is an icon of the city. It started in 1810 when the land was purchased and it became an orphange. The latest structure on the site was built in 1858, but due to the war delaying completion, it did not get done until 1878. The Gothic spirres and white marble facade are wow. Spires are 330 feet. It is the seat for New York of the Catholic Archdiose
Although most travellers do not think of New York as being a city of churches there are many fine religious buildings here. Probably most notable in St. Patrick's Cathedral. This neo-Gothic church was designed in 1859 and begun shortly thereafter. However it was not completed until 1903. As far as neo-Gothic cathedrals go it is probably a fine as one you are going to find in America. What probably is most capturing about the building is all the white marble. This place seems almost to glow. Still I found the place a bit sterile. This probably because of the lack of any real "art" inside of the church and nothing to so much to remind you that you are in one of the great world metropolises. Regardless it is considered to be one of the most important Catholic churches in the USA. It's congregation consists of 2,200 people. As you would expect for such a large city, the cathedral is huge.
The St. Patrick's Cathedral is open from 7am to 8:30pm daily.
We checked out St. Patrick's Cathedral as we were outside walking around doing the touristy stuff. We also went inside and stood in the back as Sunday mass wsa taking place. For $2 donation you can light a candle - I lit one for a sick relative.
If you go on Sunday there will be ropes to keep the tourists from interfering in Sunday mass.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, situated on Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center, is actually the “new” St. Patrick’s. The original church opened in 1815 on Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan. During the next several decades, the Catholic population of New York City continued to rise, and in 1853, Archbishop Hughes declared that the city’s faithful should have a new place to worship.The doors of the cathedral finally opened in 1879, fifteen years after Hughes’ death.
The ornate Lady Chapel was constructed in 1900, complete with magnificent stained glass windows crafted in England, added gradually over the next 25 years.
A recent chapel was added in homage to the Polish saint, Our Lady of Czestochowa.
110 meters long, 58 meters wide
The 36m high nave has a seating capacity of 2500
Inspired by the Cathedral in Cologne
Words and pictures can't do this justice. I love the architecture of churches, and none I've seen are as grand as St Patrick's. The church is so huge that it's difficult to get a proper photo. The day we went, there was a wedding going on. I could spend hours here.
ST. Patrick is the one that I liked most among all the attractions we visited, for me it is not considered as a tourist attraction, but rather than a personal holy place to visit when you are in New York, It was built as a beautiful and very unique church located on 5th avenue between 50th and 51st streets. An old structure designed with marbles sculptures, pointed arches, wood and stained glass windows, distinguished as a large decorated gothic style in the United States.
I had been waited for the day to see this church during our vacation, I felt something excited to see it maybe because, I love old churches. While we were walking towards the church we thought it was closed, because all doors were closed but got a chance when we saw people were opening the door by them selves so we followed as people did to get inside. The church is very peaceful, the interior is very well-designed and we were lucky because there was a choir concert when we were there.
At the entrance there is a visitor’s sign book where you can write your full name, what country you came from and a donation of any amount will drop in the box. Get a chance to light candles on the right side of the entrance and so souvenir can be found inside.
A nice church during the day, but at night the exterior looks even nicer. It is inspired by French Gothic styles, so is a stunning piece of architecture to look at. The cathedral can be found opposite the Rockefeller Center. Inside there is lot to see, but mind you it's not a quiet place for worshipping. For that you'd better go to another church, since there are constanly loads of tourist here.