Much like Notre Dame, St. Patrick’s Cathedral takes its fame from a central location, ornate structure and remarkable history. Completed in 1878, the cathedral is undoubtedly one of the most influential and historically significant existing churches in all of North America. The structure itself is massive, even in Manhattan’s standards, and the cross-shaped footprint of the church consists of a whole city block. The spires rise some 330 feet, which would have been visible for hundreds of yards before Midtown Manhattan real estate was gobbled up by skyscrapers.
The church can accommodate over 2,000 parishioners and often does on special occasions such as Christmas Day, for the burial services of a former archbishop, or on St. Patrick’s Day it was is largely viewed as an Irish church. St. Patrick’s Cathedral has welcomed dignitaries from around the world and hosted a mass led by Pope Benedict in 2008. Requiem masses for the likes of Babe Ruth, Robert F. Kennedy and Celia Cruz were all held at the cathedral.dozens of accommodations are available in Midtown East for the spring season. Here are a few selected accommodations to get your search begun:
– This 1-bedroom vacation rental in Central Park South, Midtown West – Chelsea (NY-11135) features exposed wood beams, lots of direct sunlight, and cozy furnishings.
– This clean and classic 2-bedroom vacation rental in Midtown East (NY-12498) features hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen and an ideal Midtown location.
– This bright and roomy studio accommodation in Midtown West-Chelsea (NY-8169) features hardwood floors, a massive loft layout and space for 5 guests.