St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an American Gothic

this image shows the cathedral of st. patrick

The plan of the Latin cross cathedral occupies an entire block. It is 120 meters long and 53 wide. Inside, the height of the vaults is 34 meters. It is still the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in North America and can accommodate approximately 2,200 people.

Architectural Discovery

A cathedral of light imprisoned in a forest of skyscrapers. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral pinnacles and pointed arches suddenly appear between the smooth vertical walls of the buildings that crowd the center of Manhattan. And the church seems almost a mirage.

Instead, it has been there since the end of the nineteenth century, a striking icon of an architectural current born from a style born when the discovery of America was still far ahead.