10 Magnificent Oldest Churches And Cathedrals In America

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Where? New York City, New York
Year Built: 1858
Religion: Roman Catholic
Still In Use? Yes

This is assumably one of the most well recognized on our list and is an esteemed church to receive a papal visit in our country. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is also the archbishop’s seat for the Archdiocese of New York.

It was first built in 1858 but was only dedicated in 1879 after taking a break in construction because of the Civil War. Made in a distinctive Neo-Gothic style, the cathedral is considered one of the most prominent symbols of Catholicism in New York City.

Due to its status in this city, to most Catholics in the US, St. Patrick’s has been visited by four Popes since the mid-20th century: Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis.

The cathedral is also famous for its two pipe organs and its extensive collection of stained glass windows. It was most recently renovated between 2012 and 2015.

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