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New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

Product ID: 282727
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Go behind the scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and see parts of the church that are otherwise off-limits to visitors. During this unique experience you'll walk through the only catacombs in New York City open to daily tours.
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Duration: 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible

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  • Gain access to off-limits areas with your guide
  • Walk through the inside of the 150-year-old functioning Henry Erben pipe organ
  • See the resting places of many high-profile Americans
Full description
For over 200 years, the catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, located in Little Italy, have 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. With your guide, you’ll gain exclusive access to off-limits areas, including the walled cemetery and the choir loft. Experience the only active catacombs in New York augmented with multimedia.  

See where bishops rest alongside noteworthy New Yorkers who have played defining roles in Catholic, New York, and American History. This labyrinth of vaults belongs largely to bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, political candidates, and even to a Civil War-era general. The Delmonico Family, General Thomas Eckert, and the first resident Bishop of New York are only a few of the many resting peacefully in the crypts beneath the nave of this historic landmark church.
  • Complimentary tea lights
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

• Check-in is at 266 Mulberry Street (corner of Mulberry Street and Jersey Street) • Please note this tour is at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral and not St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Video recording
Know before you go
• The tour is currently not fully wheel chair accessible. There is one flight of stairs down to the catacombs level.
• This is an active parish. All customers must be reverently respectful at all times.

From £27.77 per person

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Product ID: 282727