St. Patrick's Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. It is the seat of the Archbishop of New York as well as a parish church. The cathedral occupies a city block bounded by Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, 50th Street, and 51st Street, directly across from Rockefeller Center. Designed by James Renwick Jr., it is the largest Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral in North America.
The cathedral was constructed starting in 1858 to accommodate the growing Archdiocese of New York and to replace St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. Work was halted in the early 1860s during the American Civil War; the cathedral was completed in 1878 and dedicated on May 25, 1879. The archbishop's house and rectory were added in the early 1880s, both by James Renwick Jr., and the spires were added in 1888. A Lady chapel designed by Charles T. Mathews was constructed from 1901 to 1906. The cathedral was consecrated on October 5, 1910, after all its debt had been paid off. Extensive restorations of the cathedral were conducted several times, including in the 1940s, 1970s, and 2010s.
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Brian Anscomb | Feb 24, 2018
This is the most amazing of the classic cathedrals of my experience in NYC. My family and I love visiting with friends and family whenever possible. My office is a few blocks away so I can always swing by for midday mass if I have the urge. We love stopping in for some prayers and candle lighting! The history, the feeling and the love is always within the walls of this fantastic and amazing building. A must see if you are visiting NYC and a regular stop if you are a New Yorker! Love this place!
Alan Petry | Jan 29, 2018
The most beautiful and awesome architecture of any cathedral outside of Rome. The size is impressive and the masonry and sculptures are incredible. The prayer and cross stations are very unique and worth a walk-around to see them all. Well managed. Constant service schedule so you can attend almost anytime. The diocese did a great job on the restoration over the past few years. Beautiful place to see no matter your religious background.
James O'Brien | Jan 15, 2018
Great place to visit in NY even if you aren't Catholic. Incredible architecture, beautiful stained glass, and antique statues are just some of what you'll see inside. Pro-Tip: people who wait on line outside to attend Midnight Mass (on Christmas) typically are admitted to the church for mass (as of 2017). Security is very helpful and patient if you have questions.
Smevin Bravis | Feb 28, 2018
Stunning architecture and gorgeous stained glass like most cathedrals, but the interior is awash with history and it's absolutely mesmerising, particularly when mass is in session and the incense is going. A great place to stop and take in some tranquility while exploring Manhattan. Here and the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco are our faves😍 Wonderful experience, even for the non-religious.
Brad Gluszewski | Feb 16, 2018
Absolutely beautiful cathedral. The various artwork is stunning and even better after the recent renovation. The organ music was beautiful and you can also take an audio tour. The Boleros of the deceased cardinals above the crypt are also fascinating.
Richard Tagliamonte | Apr 7, 2018
This Cathedral is America's Parish Church, since virtually millions of people visit and worship in this Sacred Place. . Safety and security are a high priority, because of the Building's significance. However, the security staff and ushers can be very accommodating. . Scheduled Mass times are listed on the Saint Patrick's Cathedral website, with fliers in the Cathedral, too. People can also call the Cathedral for information. Sundays are the major day of worship, so because of the large number of visitors, it would be prudent to arrive early for preferred seating. . Rest Rooms can be found in the Olympic Tower Atrium, 643 Fifth Avenue, with the entrance on Fifty-first Street. Also, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Department Store, is on the Fiftieth Street side, where Rest Rooms can be found on several floors within the building. . For security reasons all large handbags, backpacks and other luggage will be carefully checked. . There is a Gift Shop in the Cathedral, as-well-as, across from the Parish House on Fifty-first Street near Madison Avenue for your shopping convenience. . Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this Space for prayer and meditation. Or, just to sit and rest your feet for a while in God's Special Place on New York City's Manhattan Island.
Lee Woodhouse | Mar 25, 2018
This is my third trip to New York, and the previous two trips, I ran out of time to pay a visit to St Patrick's Cathedral. This time, I'm glad I did. Words can not describe this magnificent building. It is awesome. The sheer size takes your breath away. The peace and tranquillity is unbelievable. The beautiful ornate stain glass windows are a sight to behold. They are a masterpiece in themselves. The architecture is phenomenal. The whole cathedral is breathtaking. It deserves to be seen inside, as well as a walk around the building outside. There are a constant stream of services, if you wish to partake. Security very helpful. You don't have to be a Catholic to appreciate the scale, beauty and splendour of this building. Definitely a place to visit when in New York. My only regret is that I didn't visit St Patrick's Cathedral sooner.
Alexander Osondu | Mar 20, 2018
As a Catholic, I was very familiar with the splendor and magnificence of the mass and the building of the Cathedral. During the mass, the acoustic was amazing and the interior is quite stunning. The Cathedral didn’t’ look like this years ago when I visited. I learnt it was renovated. After the renovation, it is still a lovely fact that there is such a beautiful cathedral in the midst of the hustling and bustling city of New York. In summary, it's a great place for sober reflection, a place to sit and rest in the Lord's presence.
Richard Tagliamonte | Apr 23, 2018
This Cathedral is America's Parish Church, since virtually millions of people visit and worship in this Sacred Place. . Safety and security are a high priority, because of the Building's significance. However, the security staff and ushers can be very accommodating. . Scheduled Mass times are listed on the Saint Patrick's Cathedral website, with fliers in the Cathedral, too. People can also call the Cathedral for information. Sundays are the major day of worship, so because of the large number of visitors, it would be prudent to arrive early for preferred seating. . Rest Rooms can be found in the Olympic Tower Atrium, 643 Fifth Avenue, with the entrance on Fifty-first Street. Also, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Department Store, is on the Fiftieth Street side, where Rest Rooms can be found on several floors within the building. . For security reasons all large handbags, backpacks and other luggage will be carefully checked. . There is a Gift Shop in the Cathedral, as-well-as, across from the Parish House on Fifty-first Street near Madison Avenue for your shopping convenience. . Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this Space for open prayer and meditation. Or, just to sit and rest your feet for a while in God's Very Special Place on New York City's Manhattan Island. .
Yash Patel | Apr 23, 2018
In the event that you haven't been for a couple of years, look at it! The reclamation is extraordinary! A wonderful church in the core of Manhattan, feet from Rockerfeller Center. Mass is commended for the duration of the day, which is incredible, however can be diverting with the throngs of sightseers advancing through. The ushers complete an awesome activity keeping them around the fringe, yet the commotion and flashes can be effortlessly diverting. Loads of history here, which is perfect to see as well. In case you're searching for all the more calm, the Lady Chapel in the precise back of the Cathedral is the place you need to be. Continuously delightful amid Advent/Christmas season.
Nicholas Petrillo | Apr 13, 2018
If you haven't been for a few years, check it out! The restoration is incredible! A beautiful church in the heart of Manhattan, feet away from Rockerfeller Center. Mass is celebrated throughout the day, which is great, but can be distracting with the throngs of tourists making their way through. The ushers do a great job keeping them around the periphery, but the noise and flashes can be easily distracting. Lots of history here, which is neat to see too. If you're looking for more quiet, the Lady Chapel in the very back of the Cathedral is the place you want to be. Always beautiful during Advent/Christmas season.
Ellie McGrath | Apr 25, 2018
Such a stunning Cathedral with beautiful paintings and statues. You feel such peace and serenity in here. It was nice just to take 15 minutes out of our day to light some candles and say a prayer. The only let down was how crowded it gets with tourists, it's great that you can just walk in anytime any day but it may be a little better if there was a bit more crowd control especially during service times.
Ysobel Hamidjojo | Apr 15, 2018
The architecture is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in my international travels because the church tells a very contrasting story of its interior and exterior. Inside is a sanctuary that will satisfy the most religious creative. Outside the church is living unique culture — on occasion, people parade and show the colors and zest of life!!! The photos I shared are taken during the Easter celebration 🎉
Ohin Haque | Jun 1, 2018
Located in New York’s Manhattan district, the Cathedral of Saint Patrick is the most popular Christian church in America. It is located in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan parts of New York between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Like all other buildings in Manhattan, St. Patrick’s Cathedral also impresses with its height. It rises nearly 101 meters above the busy New York streets. Opened in 1882, the cathedral was built in Neo Gothic style. Forms are pointed and the facade is richly decorated with elements.
J | May 30, 2018
Beautiful Cathedral in Midtown. A tourist attraction and must see for all Roman Catholic visitors. They have made everyday, Check the website for times. They also do a mass in different language in the rear chapel. Stop by the gift store on your way out for some great gifts and souvenirs to bring home with you.
William Woodard | Jul 6, 2018
Beautiful downtown NYC Cathedral. St. Patrick's is a beautiful, classic, European Gothic style cathedral. We have visited dozens of churches and cathedrals here in the U.S. and in Europe and St. Patrick's can hold its own with most. It is beautiful inside and out and unlike many NYC downtown churches you can walk completely around this one and appreciate the outside as well as the inside. It has gorgeous stained glass and a beautiful pipe organ. It is open and welcoming to the public. My reason for the four stars instead of five was that perhaps it is too welcoming. Inside, despite the beauty, it felt more like a tourist attraction than a church. It was crowded, which is not unusual for a large European cathedral, but it was also noisy. There was little feeling of awe or reverence. The balance between welcoming and maintaining reverence is perhaps harder to achieve in New York. That's not necessarily a criticism, but simply an observation on the personality of the city. New York is a busy, noisy, boisterous, beautiful city. St. Patrick's was much the same the day we visited. We did not take a tour but would have liked to had we more time. If we ever visit NYC again I would certainly go back.
Mich Elli | Jul 12, 2018
Such a breathtaking view and wonderful place to be. I couldn't stop staring at the architectural design of the structure, it must have been an awesome feeling when construction was completed. I stood across the road to capture some nice shots which wouldn't be complete without a yellow cab or two in the foreground.
Raymond F. McAteer | Jul 29, 2018
As an Irish-American Catholic, I have truly come to love coming to St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Priests who preside over the affairs of the Church are excellent and really like to make you feel welcome. Plus the beauty of the Church is just breathtaking and the restoration project has been phenomenal. We've been Parishioners now for a year and a half and there's no other Church that I'd rather be coming to. We love it. Also my daughter can and does pray to Mother Mary. She's getting to be quite the astute adherent. We will keep coming for years to come.
John Perdomo | Jul 25, 2018
I've never been to a cathedral before. This was my first time. St. Patrick's cathedral... Just wow... So much "awe" is all I could think of. Incredibly spacious, I didn't know what to expect but I was not disappointed. I liked the windows of the cathedral, their design seemed... Pulchritudinuos
Alexandra Erickson | Jul 22, 2018
Beautiful cathedral that is open to the public. You can come in and pray at any of the altars, light a candle, or just sit in the pews and enjoy the beautiful architecture. I loved being able to view the stained glass on the inside, as well as the different saints that are carved in stone. There is a beautiful mosaic.
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