On this day: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On December 3, 2017, I was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

The Cathedral of St. Patrick is a Neo-Gothic Catholic cathedral in Manhattan, New York City. Erected in 1879, it remains a prominent landmark of the city, serving as the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York as well as a parish church. It is centrally located, on the east side of Fifth Avenue directly across the street from Rockefeller Center.

The cathedral is built of brick and clad in marble, quarried in Massachusetts and New York. The ornate stained glass windows were made by American artists in Boston, Massachusetts, and European artists from Chartres, France and Birmingham, England. Spanning an entire city block and accommodating 3000 people, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral of its type in North America. It is considered one of the most visible symbols of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Stay tuned for more recaps of my winter break in New York City, coming up this week.

11 responses to “On this day: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City”

  1. Great, the return of ‘On this day’, yes it’s a bit like the nolstagy of the old days. I was on 5th Avenue on a Sunday morning and I was impressed by the constant flow of visitors entering the cathedral out of curiosity, mass or not. Although dwarfed by Manhattan’s high-rise buildings, its gothic spikes continue to attract curiosity.

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    1. I believe it was a Sunday evening that year and the church was certainly still quite busy with visitors. Then, I walked across the street to Rockefeller Center and the crowd was even more massive around the Christmas tree. I don’t think I’ll be able to look at that level of mass gathering in the same way again for a long time!

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  2. I had no idea such a dazzling cathedral reminiscent of Europe is in all places like NYC! I’ve been to the cathedral in Chartres, and St. Patrick’s bears a striking resemblance to it, outside and inside. Glad to see you had a lovely time in NYC three years ago (and hopefully, it wasn’t too cold)!

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    1. The weather was not too bad when we were there in early December. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Thank you so much for following me 🙏

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    1. Of course! I think your follow button was previously missing but it finally reappeared so I can now subscribe to you via WordPress reader.

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  4. That’s funny – it would never occur to me to visit a cathedral in NYC. I’m more of a “foreign countries only” gal when it comes to cathedrals (and even then, I can only take so many), but then I remembered: NY is a foreign country for you! 🙂

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    1. Haha, I’m sure that some parts of the US would be very foreign to me – the deep south comes to mind!

      We weren’t originally intending to go in the cathedral but happened to be passing by. It’s an interesting piece of architecture.

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      1. The deep south feels foreign to me, and I’m from here! 🙂

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