Built near the beginning of the 19th Century, Old St. Patrick's was NYC's first Catholic cathedral and the first 'seat' of the NY Archdiocese. However, in 1879, the seat moved uptown to James Renwick's glorious Gothic cathedral of the same name, on Fifth Avenue at 50th Street. Old St. Patrick's then became a parish church.
The modest exterior masks a beautiful interior. It was used as the backdrop for one of American cinema's most extraordinary scenes, The Godfather's Michael Corleone standing as godfather during the sacrament of baptism to the son of his sister, Connie Corleone Rizzi. As Michael renounces Satan and his works as part of the ceremony, the violent murders of the heads of the other NY area Mafia families by his own subordinates is graphically underway.
The church is a NYC Designated Landmark.
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Photo taken in Nolita, New York, NY, USA
St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
Misplaced? Suggest new location