Every year, more than 5 million people of virtual every nationality and faith enter Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Manhattan. In the words of the Church’s main spiritual leader, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, “Regardless of why people visit this magnificent Cathedral, everyone who crosses our threshold is invited to open their hearts to God.”
First opened to congregants in 1879, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was paid for by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants as well as by 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each.
St. Patrick’s proves the maxim that no generation builds a cathedral. It is rather, a kind of ongoing conversation linking generations past, present and future. With breathtaking architecture and soaring spires, it has been called by many the most beautiful Gothic Cathedral in the New World. For visitors wishing to tour the Cathedral, guests can purchase passes for the official tour from TourPatron, prior to visiting. This guided tour is a heavenly chance to come to a deeper understanding of the the spirit of this great place of worship.
Visit: 5th Avenue between 50th & 51st Streets, New York, NY 10022, 212-753-2261; saintpatrickscathedral.org