Since 1879, Saint Patrickâ€™s has provided the faithful of New York, and the world, a place to find God among the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. The story of New Yorkâ€™s great cathedral mirrors the story of the city itself. Created to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance, St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral was built-in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants but also by the generosity of 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each. It is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in Midtown Manhattan.
The Cathedral, commonly called St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is a decorated Noe-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral and a prominent landmark of New York City. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church.Â An extensive restoration of the cathedral was begun in 2012 and lasted 3 years at a cost of $177 million. The restoration was completed by September 17, 2015, before Pope Francis visited the cathedral on September 24 and 25, 2015.