St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Spring

Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the New York Diocese. The Gothic Revival-style cathedral was dedicated in 1879. I revisited it in April 2021, when Midtown was still mostly shut down due to the pandemic.

St. Patrick’s is perhaps the most famous Catholic Church in the US. It is on the busiest section of 5th Avenue, across the street from Rockefeller Center. During my visit, the daffodils were blooming all around the church.

The bronze doors at the main entrance are sculpted with figures of saints who are significant to this church. They were added to the cathedral in 1949. Each door weighs 9200 pounds. This was the first time I’d seen the main doors closed.

This is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. She is the first Native American to be canonized.

An empty 5th Avenue during the pandemic

Location: 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

Designation: National Historic Landmark

Date designated or established: 12/8/1976

Date of my visit: 8/1/2014