Meticulously restored St. Patrick’s Cathedral in all its glory (PHOTOS)

The altar gleams. The black-and-white-checked marble floors shimmer. Three years and $175 million later, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is restored to its original glory and remains one of New York City’s most sacred spots.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. Photo by Whitney Cox

The altar gleams. The black-and-white-checked marble floors shimmer. And the stained-glass windows sparkle, as beams of light shine through. Once-camouflaged “red flourishes” now pop on the ceiling and arching stone walls that used to be dingy now stand with renewed freshness and vibrancy.

After three years and $175 million, a delicate and painstaking top-to-bottom restoration on St. Patrick’s Cathedral has returned one of New York City’s most sacred spots to its original glory.

Facade of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Photo by Tony Correa
The nave undergoing restoration. Photo by Tony Correa
The vaults are meticulously restored. Photo by Tony Correa
The beautiful stained glass windows. Photo by Whitney Cox
The stunning pulpit all ready for the homily. Photo by Tony Correa
The Cathedral’s impressive organ. Photo by Tony Correa
The Bronze Door. Photo by Tony Correa
Ready to welcome hundreds of worshipers. Photo by Tony Correa

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Its glory doesn’t just belong to the building—God’s glory is being celebrated here. As describes it, a cathedral “must be a fitting place, worthy of the mysteries celebrated and received in it. It is to be high enough … so that the eye and heart are lifted up to God. It is to be wide enough to welcome all who come, believers, and unbelievers …”

St. Patrick’s Cathedral has certainly served this purpose on Fifth Avenue for the 137 years it’s been in existence. St. Patrick’s rector, Reverend Monsignor Robert Ritchie, told reporters “how important it is to have the presence of God in the middle of the city.”

The new renovations help lift the eyes and hearts of millions of visitors every year to God in this space. But beyond its gloriously restored splendor, the cathedral is still a church, a sanctuary, a place of peace and respite for those who need some quiet and calm in the midst of a bustling city.

Have a look at St. Patrick’s on Twitter or Facebook for inspiration and further details about the cathedral.

Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of five books and is a columnist for Her.meneutics and ThinkChristian. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one red-nose pit bull. Visit her at

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