An Old Cathedral and a Daily Aperitivo

Feb 09, 2016 724

by Julie Besonen

On any given weekend, NoLIta's tastefully curated boutiques are brimming with avid shoppers. Over on the Bowery, the New Museum draws contemporary art lovers. Seekers of spiritual atonement — or the merely curious — slip into the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, a historic sanctuary on the corner of Mott and Prince Streets.

Cradled amid fashionable cafes, old walk-up apartment buildings and new, multimillion-dollar dwellings, the soaring, softly lit cathedral was completed in 1815. Its stone edifice, however, dates to 1868, rebuilt after a fire engulfed the original frescoed structure in 1866. 

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