Catacombs by Candlelight: Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Tour
This tour takes you into the off-limits areas of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. This church was the original Saint Patrick's Cathedral back in 1815 before the larger cathedral in Midtown took the seat of the Bishop in 1879. This is a high level tour of the entire Basilica grounds including the walled cemeteries that are closed to the public, the choir loft and Erben Organ and the Catacombs beneath the Basilica.
For over 200 years, the Catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral has served as the final resting place for the faithful departed. This unique and historic place has been a silent witness to the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics. It is where bishops rest beside noteworthy New Yorkers who have played defining roles in Catholic, New York and American history. This labyrinth of vaults belong largely to bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, political candidates and even to a Civil War-era general. The Delmonico Family, General Thomas Eckert a confidant of Abraham Lincoln, Honest John Kelly of Tammany Hall and the first resident Bishop of New York Bishop John Connolly are only a few of the many resting peacefully in crypts beneath the nave of this historic landmark church.
11:00am-12:30pm tour. $30 per person. Advance reservations required by Tuesday, October 29th, at which time they are considered final sale. Attendees will meet at 32 Prince street between Mulberry and Mott Streets.