New York City is home of historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the city’s many famous landmarks. Mass was going on the day I visited, and the tourists quietly watched and discreetly admired the luminous stained glass windows, statues, candles and other artistic embellishments.
In 1853 James Renwick (an American architect born in New York City in
1818) and Archbishop Hughes launched their eight-year plan for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral which
resulted in the landmark on the corner of New York’s Fifth Avenue and 51st street.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, is famous example of the Gothic style of architecture. Though Saint Patrick’s was built in the Gothic style, its design is original and distinct, forming the lines of a Latin cross. The vestibule entrances
are on fashionable Fifth Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan.
I saw several other large, imposing churches in New York City, and I hope to someday visit more of them and learn their history.
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