The construction began in 1858 and was officially completed in 1879 with a small gap in development due to the Civil War. Now, nearly a million people from around the world come to visit every year. Visitors to New York who want to see a huge part of the city's history should take time out of their day to come and visit as there is, after all, plenty to please the eye.
Tourist AttractionsVisitors to New York may like to take a guided tour of the elaborate and gorgeous Cathedral, which is available through the staffing system. The tours are given Monday through Friday and each host upwards of 60 people at a time, with 10 being the minimum amount taken. A $5 donation is suggested but not enforced, and all guided events are made based on the availability of volunteer tour guides. Visitors do not need reservations. Outside of private group tours, there are also open public excursions throughout the week. These events change based on the month but are typically open to guests at least once or twice a week. Visitors can complement their self-guided trips by downloading the St. Patrick's Cathedral iOS/Android application which has an audio guide as well as a host of information to be consumed during the tour.
Attending ServicesWhat makes the St. Patrick's Cathedral unique is that it is a fully operational place of worship and quiet introspection in the middle of New York's bustling Midtown neighbourhood. Mass is offered every day of the week at varying start times. Monday through Friday visitors can attend Mass anytime between 7am and 5:30pm. Service is most busy on Sunday's as Mass is offered every hour between 7am and 5:30pm as well. Mass is taped and live-streamed on the internet every day as well as broadcasted on local radio stations. There is no price for attendance.
Special EventsThe St. Patrick's Cathedral offers daily Mass proceedings as well as weekly musical events, including the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir. On Christmas Eve, the cathedral has a special Vigil mass starting at 5:30pm. On Christmas Day, there is a Midnight Christmas Mass that requires tickets to be purchased in advanced. Both events are well worth going to for visitors in the area. Special events change based on the time of year. Christmas Eve, Easter, and Lent are all considered special times for the St. Patrick's Cathedral and as such are worth a visit.
Visiting St Patrick's CathedralSt. Patrick's Cathedral is located at 460 Madison Avenue right at the intersection with 5th Avenue. The city streets in this part of town are bustling with foot traffic, tourists, and people coming to and leaving their places of work. As a result, it can feel impossibly crowded to out of town drivers, and parking is also notoriously difficult to ascertain in this neighbourhood. Because of that, it is highly suggested that visitors to Manhattan take a cab service from their hotel. St. Patrick's Cathedral makes an impression at first glance. Located across the street from the famous Rockefeller Center, the St. Patrick's Cathedral stands at 396 feet high with a pair of spires and 19 large, chiming and functional bells. The cathedral itself is fully operational with nearly one million annual visitors taking tours of the grounds every single year.
Location: 5th Avenue (between 50th and 51st Streets), New York, NY, 10022
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