Tourist In Your Own Town #18: St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
This month we visit The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral at the corner of Mott and Prince Streets in the bustling Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan.
The Cathedral broke ground in 1809 and was designed by Joseph-François Mangin, who also designed City Hall. It was the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the new Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue opened in 1879. Old St. Patrick’s was demoted to a parish church, but it made a grand comeback as it was declared a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on March 17, 2010.
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.
Learn more about St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Watch our video, then plan your visit.