St Patrick's Cathedral is one of the most famous tourist spots in New York City. I have visited many times, and walked past a zillion times, always enjoying it's beauty. This is the back view.
For some odd reason, I never took photos inside until recently. Sometimes when you visit places often, you don't think to do photography while you are there.
How lovely is this? The cathedral was dedicated on May 25, 1879. This is really a must see for any visitor. It is truly a magical place to see in person.
One of the times when I was walking into the cathedral, a man and two little girls were ahead of me. He was telling them they were going to see where mommy and daddy got married. I thought how wonderful that must be to get married in such a historic cathedral.
People were actually sketching here which I thought was wonderful. If you are an artist, New York City is a fabulous place to find inspiration.
The stained glass windows are breathtaking.
This was the alter all the way at the end of the cathedral and after I took this, I was told no photography. It came out beautiful but I wished they had signs there regarding no photos.
The cathedral has had restoration through the years, here from their website:
Each generation has added to her splendor. Her spires were completed in 1888 and The Lady Chapel in 1908. Her Kilgen Organs were installed from 1928 to 1930. Major capital improvements were made in the 1940’s and the 1970’s under Cardinals Spellman and Cooke, respectively. The Kilgen organs were restored in the mid 1990s, and the gem of the Cathedral, the Lady Chapel, was restored in 2003. Recent restorations have included the main altar, the chapels of Saints Anthony, Elizabeth, Jean Baptiste de la Salle, Louis and Michael, and the sacristy. There is a new shrine in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa which includes paintings and statuary of Saints Casimir, Faustina, Jadwiga, Maximilian Kolbe and Stanislaus Kostka. In 2005, the chapels of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Andrew were also restored.
It has been recently undergoing a major renovation and they are taking donations to help with the cost. They are restoring the exterior and interior as well as the fabulous stained glass windows. You can donate HERE, which goes for a great cause. It will be a wonderful accomplishment for this work of art to be standing in all it's glory for centuries to come.
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