Visiting New York City is always a unique and exciting experience. You could plan a trip away from home every weekend and still not manage to see everything that the city has to offer. However, areas like Midtown East manage to combine a large amount of iconic New York City sights and attractions. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and Trump Tower are all located in close proximity to each other, allowing you to make the most of a weekend in New York City.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is high on this list of the best Midtown East attractions. Equally as historic as it is beautiful, a trip to New York City isn’t complete until you’ve stepped inside.
Let’s take a look at what exactly St. Patrick’s Cathedral has to offer.
Designed by James Renwick Jr. in the Gothic Revival style, St. Patrick’s Cathedral certainly holds its own among the skyscrapers of Midtown East. Beautifully decorated in a Neo-Gothic style, this Cathedral is the largest in North America.
By the time the spires were added in 1888, the Cathedral was the tallest building in New York City and the second tallest in the United States.
Built out of brick and marble and featuring bronze doors, vaulted ceilings, a bevy of stained glass windows, a giant organ, and a replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà, the Cathedral is truly one of a kind.
With construction beginning in 1858, the cathedral was built to replace New York City’s second Roman Catholic church, which was too small for the growing congregation.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral has stood through some of the most significant events in New York City history. From halting construction during the Civil War, an attempted bombing by Italian anarchists in 1915, protests in the 1980’s, and of course, the events of September 11, the Cathedral has been standing through it all.
Easy to View and Book Tours
The best thing about St. Patrick’s Cathedral is that it’s incredibly easy to see all of its history and architecture for yourself. The Cathedral is handicap accessible, making it easy for anyone to visit.
There are also many tour options offered, such as tours given in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian. Tours specifically designed for children are also offered, although only in English.
If you’d prefer to see the Cathedral at your own pace, audio tours are also available for download. No additional equipment is needed for these audio tours – simply download to your smartphone.
There is, of course, the option of stopping by for a visit without scheduling a tour. Provided there aren’t any events taking place, you can simply walk inside and experience the beauty of the Cathedral on your own time.
Without a doubt, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a must see spot in New York City. Feel free to check out my other guides for Rockefeller Center, Trump Tower, Central Park, and everything in between to ensure your trip to New York City is the best it can be.