Tuesday, October 4, 2011

St Patrick's Cathedral, New York

St Patrick's Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of New York. It is the largest decorated Gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognised throughout its history as a centre of Catholic life in this country. 

The site of St. Patrick's was purchased in 1810 to build a Jesuit school and the cornerstone of the church was laid on August 15, 48 years later. 

The current Cathedral began in 1858 by Archbishop John Hughes to replace the original church, which is used today as a parish church in New York. 

Work was suspended during the Civil War, but the first American Cardinal, John McCloskey, got construction back underway in 1865, opening the doors in May 1879.  
Extensive work has been taking place until the 1930s, including the installation of the great organ.

The windows were made by renowned artist in Chartres, France; Birmingham, England and Boston Massachusetts. The Cathedral seats nearly 2.200 people. 
The Cathedral is a formidable Midtown landmark, its Gothic facade an intriguing counterpoint to the angular lines and smooth surfaces of the skyscrapers around it.

Th altars are what stand out in the Cathedral, which go all around the Church. Each altar maintains its unique and different style, where for example St. Michael and St. Louis altar was designed by Tiffany and Company.  

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