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St. Patrick Cathedral
When visiting NYC, it is almost impossible to not stop at St. Patrick Cathedral. This national historic landmark built in 1858-78 in the neo-Gothic style so beautifully contrasts with the modern architecture of surrounding sky-scrapers and the massive structures of the Rockefeller Center.
It simply brings the best of Middle-Age architectural forms and shapes, passing on the spirit of that time into the center of this truly 20th century center of the world.
It is a blessing in the deep sense of this word because St. Patrick Cathedral on top of its religious mission is also an outstanding monument of human skills, ingenuity and devotion.
Although built in the neo-gothic style, it carries a message of fascination with the medievalism bringing the gothic roots to the America.
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On the left: View from the Rockefeller Center from behind the statue of Atlas (by Lee Lowrie & Rene Chambellan - 1937).
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St. Patrick Cathedral.
In the middle: Monument of Elizabeth Ann Seton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) in St. Patrick Cathedral – the first native-born citizen of the United States to be declared Saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Next to the monument one can read the following words:
Lord God, You blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she may spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers, may we learn to express our love for You in love for one another …..
City Hall and amazing surroundings....
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Its Majesty "City Hall" and surroundings....
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The Oasis of nature, the place to relax and all that in the middle of the bustling city center - in front of you the City Hall park.
One of the most treasured buildings in Manhattan is the City Hall. But for me it is much more than just "Its Majesty" building. The real captivating part of the City Hall comes from the surrounding park with its eyes quenching fountain, lamps and flower gardens so wonderfully magnifying the charming effects of architecture.
Just think a bit – this oasis of nature in the middle of the busy district is so unexpected…..
I’m sure that these NYC City Hall pictures will offer you a quite different view of NYC. The vision of the city as not only the bustling place of steel, glass and concrete but also a place offering what we – city dwellers are undeniably longing for: nature and art intertwined by magic hands of human’s creative spirit.
Few facts: The City Hall designed by John McComb Jr. and Joseph Francois Mangin was officially opened in 1812. As it could be expected - its style combines the best of two distinctive individual souls – interior representing the American-Georgian style and exterior the French Renaissance.
The City Hall Park originally was just the pasture at the edge of the city, slowly gaining importance as a place of many significant events.
In 1871 the first of series of large fountains designed by Jacob Wrey Mould was inaugurated in the park.
In 1922 the original fountain was replaced by the Civic Virtue Fountain which in turn gave a place for Delacorte Fountain in 1972.
Since 1999 the original design was put back in this historic place to pay a well deserved tribute to its designer - Jacob Wrey Mould - an accomplished architect and designer (and surprisingly passionate pianist and organist).
His work can be still witnessed these days in many parts of NYC (especially in the Central Park).
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