On our way home from vacationing in Spain and Portugal last year we stopped for four days in New York City before flying back to California. On one of those days my wife decided to do some shopping in the Bryant Park vicinity while my sisters and I walked around Manhattan. The first leg of our walk took us to the NY High Line (see here). Then we rode on the subway to Central Park West and W 72nd St., walked across Central Park and then down 5th Avenue and back to our Bryant Park hotel. Along the way we came across St Patrick’s Cathedral and I decided to visit the church and take some pictures.
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Archbishop John J Hughes of New York commissioned the architect James Renwick, Jr. to design a grand neo-Gothic cathedral in 1853. The foundation was laid in 1858 but construction was delayed because of the Civil War and the cathedral wasn’t completed until 1879. It is the largest Catholic church of the Gothic Revival style in North America (The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. is the largest Catholic church of any style in the country). With its twin spires reaching 330 feet it is also one of the tallest churches in the country (it’s even a few feet higher that the National Shrine). Now it is dwarfed by the skyscrapers that surround it.
St Patrick’s takes up the entire block on the east side of 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets. Rockefeller Center is directly across the street.
Our Manhattan walk continued for ten more blocks until we reached Bryant Park. Our tour of New York continued when we ventured to Times Square after dinner that night. See my next posting for photos of neon New York.
We flew back to San Francisco the next day.