St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Following our tour of Carnegie Hall, we visited the Cathedral of St. Patrick, commonly called St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church.

Located underneath the high altar is a crypt in which notable Catholic figures that served the Archdiocese are entombed. They include eight past deceased Archbishops of New York. Some notable people whose Requiem Masses were held at the cathedral include New York Yankees greats Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Billy Martin; legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, singer Celia Cruz, entertainer and host Ed Sullivan, and former Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New York Robert F. Kennedy.

St. Patrick’s is currently in the middle of a massive five-year, three-phase, $175 million renovation because of crumbling bricks, faulty heating, and acid rain and pollution that has eaten away at the Tuckahoe marble of the 135-year-old church.

Renovations include the interior and exterior of the structure from 5th Avenue to the high altar. Key scopes of work in these phases are the restoration of the gallery organ, the Cathedral’s pews, stained glass windows, exterior stonework, altar niches and ceiling plasterwork. Efforts are underway to secure the additional funding for the remainder of the work on the Cathedral campus, including the high altar and Lady Chapel, a new heating and cooling system and the Cathedral garden. 

Watch St. Patrick’s marble being cleaned and becoming white again in this time lapse video.

Restoration Transformation from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Vimeo.

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