St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York City

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The Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral, sometimes shortened to St. Patrick's Old Cathedral or simply Old St. Patrick's, is a Catholic parish church, basilica, and the former cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York, located in the Nolita neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. Built between 1809 and 1815 and designed by Joseph-François Mangin in the Gothic Revival style, it was the seat of the archdiocese until the current St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan opened in 1879. Liturgies are celebrated in English, Spanish, and Chinese. The church is located at 260–264 Mulberry Street between Prince and Houston streets, with the primary entrance currently located on Mott Street.

The church was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, and the cathedral complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It was declared a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2010.

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  • I am not of the faith but my wife is and when we go here she lights a candle for each of her family who have passed. I light one for my mother in law who was one of the best people I have ever met...  more »
  • We lived just outside NYC our whole lives and visit often. This is a hidden gem in New York City! It’s a unique experience if you’re looking for something to do in NYC. Mike was our tour guide and...  more »
  • What a great tour! I had no idea that there was any thing like this in NYC! Our guide, Leo was awesome! Very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • This tour was fantastic. A very well informed guide takes you through these catacombs by candlelight and you get to see how the wealthy New Yorkers were laid to rest. Rows of tombs and vaults which were bought from the church. The guide provided very interesting stories and anecdotes about the current residents. There was insight into families and societal culture. Recommend this tour highly.
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