One of the sightseeing options in New York is St. Patrick’s Chapel, which is visited every year by millions of people. This beautiful chapel is an example of the Gothic style of architecture and it was built in 1879 through the donations of 103 of the city’s affluent citizens who each gave $100, plus the donations of the many others who gave what they could to build the church.
The Catholic Archbishop Hughes had a dream to build a chapel in New York to meet the needs of the area’s religious community. It was to replace the original St Patrick’s Cathedral, which still stands and is used as a parish church in New York.
At first it was called “Hughes Folly” because some people thought the site he wanted to build the St. Patrick’s Chapel was too far away. But Hughes got his way and believed that his site, which is located on Fifth Ave in-between 50th and 51st streets in Manhattan, would be the center of New York and he ended up being correct.
History of St Patrick’s ChurchCredit: http://www.oldcathedral.org/history.php
Catholic Cardinal John McCloskey is the one who ended up presiding over the dedication of St. Patrick’s Chapel when it was finished May 25, 1879. Since then, additions have been made to the church such as spires added in 1888 and the Lady Chapel in 1908. Its Kilgen organs were brought into the church between 1928 and 1930, and other improvements came in the 40s and 70s.
Some of those renovations were a restoration of its main altar, as well as its chapels of the saints Anthony, Elizabeth, Jean Baptiste de la Salle, and Louis and Michael. Plus, a shrine was added to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa and in 2005 work was done to repair and restore the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Andrew chapels.
St Patrick’s Cathedral Mission
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is considered to be the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat for their Archbishop. It is the largest Catholic cathedral in the U.S and it is considered to be a symbol of religious freedom and an international landmark and is open to peoples of all faiths in the name of freedom. The church has stood strong over the years despite many changes all around it.Credit: http://catholicism.about.com/od/popebenedicts2008visit/tp/Mass_St_Pats.htm
Millions of people tour the church every year via the free guided tours Monday through Friday by appointment, and as long as there are at least 10 people per tour. Donations are accepted if you wish to support the church.Credit: http://www.quikbook.com/omni-berkshire-place/new-york
If you come to New York City to see the St Patrick’s Cathedral, you may want to stay overnight in one of the hotels in New York, and there are several nearby such as the Milford Plaza Hotel.
All in all, the St Patrick’s Cathedral is a beautiful and majestic chapel that brings hope and joy to millions of people from all over the world and is one of the attractions in New York that many people come to visit every year.