St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral is a must see when in NYC and in the Rockefeller area. You can't really miss the imposing cathedral, situated on 5th avenue. As you approach it is well worth taking some pictures from the opposite side of the street, as this gives you the best view. The light of the stained-glass windows cast a somber light of the holiness of the place. St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. It is an enormous 13th-century-style Gothic church on Madison Avenue, with a seating capacity of 2,200, rose window reaching 26 feet across, pipe organ with more than 7,380 pipes and the graceful twin spires that reach 330 feet into the sky. This building is beautiful to look at both inside and out. There is an atmosphere of beauty, calmness and peace while walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral. There are impressive vaulted ceilings, nice decorative columns and interesting pictures on the walls. The art in the side chapels is worth a walk about. Built in a Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century, St. Patrick's is the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.
The cathedral has a long-running significance in Irish American culture. Designed by American architect James Renwick, St. Patrick's Cathedral was begun in 1859 to replace an earlier cathedral. Prominent structure, which was one of the first American designs to show a true understanding of the Gothic style, led to many more ecclesiastical commissions for Renwick, culminating with that for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The cathedral was then completed in 1878 and was dedicated on May 25, 1879. The rectory was completed in 1884. The Windows were made by renowned artists in Chartres, France; Birmingham, England and Boston, Massachusetts. The great rose window is acknowledged to be the finest work designed by Charles Connick, the 20th century genius in stained glass window design. The spires at the front were added in 1888, and construction of the Lady Chapel began in 1901. In the 1920s and 1970s, two large renovation projects took effect, updating the structure and the cathedral’s organs.
St. Patrick's Cathedral is a vast Gothic structure made of white marble and stone that seats about 2,400 people. The impressive interior contains numerous altars and statues worth a look. The cathedral’s interior elements are a true combination of Europe and New York—some furnishings provided by designers in Rome, others by New York companies such as Tiffany & Co. Architectural elements such as slate and marble come from American locations. Music is a large part of the offerings at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Aside from the volunteer cantors and the cathedral’s choir that present music during services, concert events are also occasionally held at the cathedral, especially around the holiday season.
Thus, the City of New York is a great creation of modern American culture and any one who comes here must visit its beautiful Churches and monuments where you can find the history of medieval architecture. Individuals are welcome to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral during open hours. Groups of 10 or more may receive a guided tour by the cathedral staff.