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Inside St Patrick Cathedral

The first time I heard about St Patrick Cathedral was from my Humanities university professor. It’s one of the perfect examples of traditional Gothic architecture—in sharp contrast with the sturdy and glorious modern architecture along 5th Street.

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The facade of St Patrick Cathedral.

The facade of St Patrick Cathedral.

For a tired soul (or shopper?), the Catherdral is a respite from the demands of a busy, luxurious life.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

I’m not really comfortable taking photos inside the Church or Buddhist Temples. I consider it as a sacred place of worhsip—in silence. It’s just the Catholic in me, I think. But, since everybody was doing it and it’s more than legal to take photos inside, then, I don’t have to be guilty. 🙂

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

The multitude of tourists going inside everyday makes the Cathedral losing its touch of total sacredness, thus, a silent prayer is unachievable.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

The muddled sounds of sandals and flip flops, camera shutters / flashes are enough to interrupt a devotee in deep intercession with her God. Camera flashes are just soooooo annoying.

Inside St Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Inside St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Just outside these murals and walls is a bustling, crowded street teeming with all the material niceties in life that money can buy.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Seats are mostly empty during mass schedules. Oogling tourists (who happen to be there during mass) would rather explore the nearby tourist attractions in the area than attend a service—and come back later.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Inside St Patrick Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Left: Pieta

The Altar.

The carved, detailed ceiling.

The Cathedral is such a splendid beauty. It’s itself a sanctuary, a refuge of those who are weary. The way it is treated now, I wouldn’t be surprised that one day, it will just become a piece of art, history and religion.

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One Response to “Inside St Patrick Cathedral”

  1. Bebotte
    August 27, 2011 at 5:32 AM #

    Yup, true…just like the churches in Europe which are now converted into museums…This church reminds me of Notre Dame de Paris…Same observation too, as regards the church losing its sanctity as people would rather get inside to appreciate the art works rather than attend mass…

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