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St. Patrick's Cathedral – NYC

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New York City is one of the most unique cities in the world when it comes to architecture. Mixed up with the stunning modern buildings are even more stunning architectural marvels. One of the most exciting of these buildings is St Patrick's Cathedral, one of the grandest buildings in the centre of the city.

St. Patrick's Cathedral is located on Fifth Avenue, just a short hop from the Rockefeller Center. This actually isn't the original church that was located on Mulberry Avenue. However, when church attendance numbers began to soar something needed to be done to house all the Catholic population of the city. In 1858 the cornerstone for the building was first laid with the building finally opening its doors in 1879.

St. Patrick's Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic revival architecture, with this building being based on a similar one located in Cologne, Germany. As a result we have ended up with arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in New York. The towers in place on the church extend to over 300 feet in height. Before the introduction of skyscrapers to the city this one was one of the largest buildings in the area.

The building becomes even more beautiful once you step through the door with gorgeous bronze doors gracing the main facade. The beautiful door to the central porch is graced with sculptures of some of the most important religious figures to ever live in New York.

Whilst the outside of the building follows a German design, the inside of the building opts for a more English approach, with one of the most stunning chapels in the world located near the front of the building. The magnificent stained glass windows which allow light into the church were crafted in England and sent to the church over a period of twenty five years.

It doesn't matter whether you are religious or not. This building is honestly one of the 'must visit' buildings in New York City, simply for the wonderful architecture that is featured both on the outside and on the inside. Stick this one right on the top of your list.


Address/Map:  460 Madison Ave New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 753-2261
Website: Plan Your Visit to St Patrick's Cathedral