We’ve all done it. someone special is coming to visit. So we rush around like mad things cleaning up so we make a good impression.
But what happens when it’s New York’s major Catholic Cathedral you’re talking about and the important visitor is the Pope? Panic stations?
Unfortunately a cathedral that needs a good spiffing up takes a little longer to cleanup than our living rooms. This one had decades of dirt that had settled onto it’s exterior.
Now the cleanup did start 3 years ago when the current Pope hadn’t yet been elected to his supreme position in the church. But his imminent arrival now meant it was all hands on deck so the Cathedral looked magnificent before he arrived.
It was indeed all done on time. Watch this really great time lapse video of the exterior cleanup from start to finish. It’s one of the most fascinating videos of a major NYC cleanup that you will ever see.
The inside was cleaned up too. Cleaning the windows takes on something of a new dimension when you’re talking about 75 stained glass windiws with 3,700 individual stained glass panels.
With the cathedral sparkling inside and out now is a great time to go take a look if you have never visited. First admire the clean exterior which you can now examine in minute detail as the dirt has all been dealt with. Then as you enter you will be walking through the 9,200 pound bronze doors,, which have also been restored into the stunning interior.
Free tours of the Cathderal are available at specific times. Go to St Patrick’s Cathderal Tours for details. The Cathderal is on 5th avenue between 50th and 51st streets.