St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral is a National Landmark visited by over 3 million people every year

The Spectacular Neo-Gothic St. Patricks Cathedral in New York City
The Spectacular Neo-Gothic St. Patricks Cathedral in New York City cc licensed photo by Peter Kaminski

Recognised as the center of Catholic life in the United States, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of New York with an active and vibrant parish. The Gothic Revival Roman Catholic cathedral is a National Landmark located across the street from Rockefeller Center.

The cornerstone was laid in 1858 with construction suspended until 1865 due to the Civil War. John Cardinal McCloskey, the first American Cardinal, opened the doors in 1879.

Each year over three million people visit St. Patrick's Cathedral to marvel at the beauty of its front towers and intricate stained glass windows crafted in Chartres, France modelled after the designs of its famous cathedral. The St. Michael alter and St. Louis alter were designed by Tiffany and Company with a third, the St. Elizabeth altar by Paolo Medici in Rome. A centerpiece of the artistic elements is the replica of Michelangelo's "Pieta," three times the size of the original.

St. Patrick's Cathedral is noted for its fine acoustics and houses two world famous organs installed in 1930 which still provide powerful accompaniment for church services. The Cathedral periodically hosts free concerts, the parish choir and guest artists. Visitors are also invited to join the congregation in mass celebrations held daily. Alternatively, between services, the building is open for self-guided tours. A gift shop is available at the rear of the Cathedral and benefit's the parish's charitable activities.

Nearby attractions include Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Museum of Modern Art

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Address: 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA

Phone: (212) 753-2261

Official Website: St. Patrick's Cathedral

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
B, D, or F47-50 Street / Rockefeller Center5 minutes
E or M5th Avenue / 53rd Street3 minutes
1, C or E50th Street8 minutes
N, Q or R49th Street8 minutes
651st Street9 minutes

How to get to St. Patrick's Cathedral by Subway

Either take the B, D, of F train to 47-50 Street - Rockefeller Center, exit on West 49th Street and head east to 5th Avenue, or take the E or M train to 5th Avenue / 53rd Streetand walk south 3 blocks on 5th Avenue or take the 1, C or E train to 50th Street and walk east to 5th Avenue or take the N, Q or R train to 49th Street and walk east to 5th Avenue or take the 6 train to 51st Street and Lexington Avenue, head northwest on East 51st Street towards Lexington Avenue, turn left onto 5th Avenue.

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Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5St. Patrick's Cathedral Star Rating

5 Star Rating Simply a beautiful place to relax your feet a bit. No hats worn for men once inside. The bathrooms are located towards the front of church towards the far right, they look like confessionals. Next to the statue of Mary and Jesus. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Very tranquil place. Lots of space to sit and pray.

Jen RIvera - 20 hours ago

5 Star Rating This is a magical place. If you do not feel the Holy Spirit here, I do not know what to tell you. Even though this is a touristy attraction, it is still spiritual, solemn, ethereal, beautiful beyond compare, welcoming, and dare I say extremely holy. I have the privilege of knowing one of the priests here. He helped me when I was a single, unwed, scared pregnant young woman. he not only welcomed me with open arms, he also put me in touch with people who could help me. He was there for me spiritually and as a friend, never ever judging me. That was 24 years ago. Saint Patrick's is lucky to have this priest there. He says Mass on Thursdays and from what I gather there's always a line waiting to talk to him after Mass. Father Damian O'Connell is such a treasure and a gift, that I might move back to New York just for him. New Yorkers, take heed, and do not take for granted this wonderful man, this beautiful Church, and the Holy Spirit that resides within it.

Carmen Pascual - 20 hours ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely stunning church. It us a visual feast and a wonderful place to take a moment. It's packed with tourists, but there are places you can go to be a little quieter. You can light actual candles here and all of the saints and stained glass and architecture is very beautiful. This is definitely a stop you should make on a trip to NYC or if you live here.

Marisa Barra - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Obviously, one of the most recognizable cathedrals, of classical gothic architecture, within NYC. With a "small touch", of the artistry, of the Italian Renaissance. Mostly because of the tremendously outstanding, world famous, St Patrick's Day Parade. When everyone, wishes they were Irish, at the very least for the day. Absolutely, one of the most majestically, heavenly cathedral in NYC. Reminiscent of the grand ancient monasteries, atop the mountains of my home, in the Italian mountains', medieval villages. A must visit, when in New York, New York. So magnificently seen, into a Heavenly Sea. 💜😊💙

Lorenzo Z Tartaglia - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating For me, places of worship make me feel humble and mortal and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is no exception. The small entrance belies the grandeur within. Majestic arches and pillars sitting on glistening marble floors support a beautiful ceiling. The stations of the cross are awe inspiring as are the statues. A must stop when in mid-town.

Mario Mamone - 7 days ago

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