Enjoy this fascinating 90 minute small-group tour that introduces you to all the secrets of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. Enter off limits areas like the Henry Erban Organ, the cemeteries and an exclusive experience in the CATACOMBS beneath the Old Cathedral and to add dimension, you will experience it all by candlelight. For over 200 years, the CATACOMBS of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral has served as the final resting place for the 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 is a 1.5-hour tour that begins in the Undercroft of the Basilica and then winds its way through the several passageways of this exclusive experience in the CATACOMBS beneath the Old Cathedral. 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. 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. Included in this tour is access into the off-limits areas of the Church. You will tour the 2 walled cemeteries adjacent to the Basilica, walk up into the choir loft within the Nave of the Church and down below the Old Cathedral and wander through the corridors of the Catacombs.