This Neo Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral dates back to 1858.

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Construction of St. Patrick's Cathedral began in 1858 when Archbishop John Hughes decided to replace the original cathedral, a modest brick church. Architect James Renwick Jr. designed the new cathedral in the Gothic Revival style, characterized by its pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and soaring spires. The cathedral's cornerstone was laid in 1858, but due to financial difficulties and the Civil War, construction slowed.

By 1878, St. Patrick's Cathedral was far from complete. The archbishop needed funds to finish the project. To raise money, he allowed anyone to contribute, regardless of their religious affiliation. This inclusive approach led to a surge in donations, and the cathedral was finally completed in 1878.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, with its stunning stained glass windows, intricate sculptures, and the ability to accommodate over 2,000 worshipers, continues to be a place of worship, a tourist attraction, and a cultural treasure.

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