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

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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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Reviews

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

5 Star Rating The intricacies of the architecture of this building is simply breathtaking. If you go inside, which you can because it is free of charge, you will see candles lit everywhere, high ceilings, and pictures/portraits of notable people made using or carved into glass: that is a beautiful sight. These portraits come with some writing on the side describing the history of the christian faith going back centuries ago. The only downside I think is that sometimes there are lots of tourists and people at the back taking pictures and speaking loudly, which is a distraction to those trying to focus on their prayers. I think silence should be maintained and enforced throughout the hall so as to allow for peaceful reflection. However, depending on where you sit, there are some spaces that allow for this. Overall, a fantastic place for peaceful reflection and for calming the senses with all the chaos outside in the middle of New York. Cheers! :).

Farhan Kassam - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Love this church, my first girlfriend said she wanted to get married there. I’ve been to a few masses there and they have all been really nice. It is a classical piece of Catholic history that can’t be missed if you’re in New York City on a Sunday.

Tim Kukulka - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating I think this is the most fabulous building in all of NYC! Magical! Such intricate design and details. Each stained glass window is a complete masterpiece! A MUST SEE when in NY! ❤❤❤

Rita Pearson - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating Situated in the middle of the city it is hard to miss the beauty and ornate architecture that adorns this historical church! We were blown away by every intricate detail that went into the design and building of this spiritual gems! It is almost too much for your eyes to take in when you first step in off the streets of the city. The voices from the choir singing in the background made it feel nothing short of magical

Katie Hosaflook - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating What a beautiful church! From the architecture to the statues to the sculptures, everything about this place is oh so magnificent! Truly amazing experience, and you feel peaceful just being there! Everyone who visits NYC must come here and its right next to the Rockefeller Center! I brought 2 of my non christian friends and they couldn't stop admiring the place!

Riya Sam - 1 month ago

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