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

Official Website: St. Patrick's Cathedral

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Thursday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Friday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Sunday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

Category: Churches

Address: 460 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 753-2261

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating What a beautiful cathedral. It truly a special place. Going to 5:30 mass. They must of refurbished the place, it is immaculate.0 Read More

Richard A. Apr-15-2019

5 Star Rating If you're religious, spiritual, and/or just like the beauty of stained glass, architecture, lighting, vaulted ceilings, statues, attention to detail and... Read More

Sheila J. Apr-06-2019

4 Star Rating Pros (1) Beautiful sculptures and stained glass (2) Free admissions (3) A cathedral fit for Europe Cons (1) It's a cathedral.. don't expect any fireworks... Read More

Michael C. Apr-01-2019

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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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