There aren't a lot of options to pick from for a Holy Week themed landmark in New York City, but this one quickly came to mind. Right on Fifth Avenue, across from Rockefeller Center, is one of the most legendary Cathedrals in all of the country. This is the biggest Catholic church in the whole city, as the two other churches that make up the "Big Three" in New York City, Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, are both Episcopalian.
It is also a really old one too. It was opened on October 5th, 1910, and has stood for over 105 years. At the time, it was one of the tallest structures around, until the 1930's came around, when it was dwarfed by the Rockefeller Center complex of buildings. Currently, the Archbishop of New York City, Cardinal Dolan, celebrates Mass every Sunday at St. Patricks.
But the inside is such a beautiful display of statues. There are statues for all of the big saints, and other figures like Mary, and Jesus. There are two different altars that you can pray in front of, and many candle stations to light. There are the hats of the old Cardinals, hanging from the ceiling of the Cathedral. There is always a flock of people inside of the Church, no matter what time of day it is.
This Cathedral is a National Historic Landmark, as well as a New York State Historic Landmark, and a New York City Historic Landmark. It is one of the most famous Cathedrals in America, and I am proud to have visited it many times.
I strongly recommend my Catholic, and even non-Catholic readers, next time that you are in New York City, to go in and check out in person, St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Have you ever gone to St. Patrick's Cathedral? Would you want to go to it? If you have gone, what was your favorite part?
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