St. Patricks Cathedral, New York The largest Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the United States, the Cathedral of St. Patrick attracts visitors night and day, regardless of their religious affiliation. The Cathedral's History Beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral, situated on posh Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center, is actually the “new” St. Patrick’s. The original church opened in 1815 on Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan. During the next several decades, the Catholic population of New York City continued to rise, and in 1853, Archbishop Hughes declared that the city’s faithful should have a new place to worship. Hughes’ plans were so grandiose that most people took to calling the project “Hughes’ Folly.” James Renwick designed the cathedral at a cost of $850,000, not including furnishings! The cornerstone was laid 5 years later and the doors of the cathedral finally opened in 1879, fifteen years after Hughes’ death. The ornate Lady Chapel was constructed in 1900, complete with magnificent stained glass windows rafted in England, added gradually over the next 25 years. Miraculously, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was debt free by 1911. By this time, more and more features had been added and $4 million total had been spent on the structure. Throughout the last several decades, the cathedral has undergone several renovation projects, both inside and out, including projects to restore the cathedral’s organs and bells. A recent chapel was added in homage to the Polish saint, Our Lady of Czestochowa. Touring the Chapel Visitors are welcome to attend one of several daily masses at St. Patrick’s or to just pop in and enjoy a self guided tour of the massive white-marble-and-stone structure. Be sure to visit the exquisite Tiffany and Company-built St. Louis and St. Michael altars and the St. Elizabeth altar, fashioned by Italian artist Paolo Medici. Pamphlets are available at the rear of the church, which can serve as a guide for visitors. There’s also a gift shop where guests can purchase books about the cathedral as well as religious items.turkeyarena.com Concerts on the cathedral’s organ are held often, so be sure to check the events schedule if you’re interested in hearing this fabulous instrument.