Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic church near the Mansion District in Albany, New York, United States. Built in the period of the 1848-1852, it is the mother church of the Diocese of Albany. In 1976 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has several claims to architectural and ecclesiastical history. Designed by Irish American architect Patrick Keely to accommodate Albany's growing population of Catholic immigrants, it is the second-oldest cathedral in the state, after St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. It is also the third oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States, and the first American Catholic cathedral in the Neo-Gothic architectural style.
The interior features the original stained glass windows, imported from England, and award-winning Stations of the Cross statuary. When completed, it was the tallest building in Albany. It has hosted visits by cardinals and leaders of other faiths, including one Archbishop of Canterbury, and the weddings of two Catholic governors' daughters. In 1986 it hosted the first-ever service of forgiveness between Catholics and Jews on Palm Sunday, an event commemorated by a sculpture outside the building.

Construction of the cathedral, at the behest of the diocese's first bishop, John McCloskey, took four years. Its south tower took 40, and it was not consecrated until its 50th anniversary in 1902. The construction of Empire State Plaza, the nearby New York state government complex, threatened the cathedral in the 1960s when it required the demolition of most of the surrounding neighborhood. It has been through several renovations in its history, including a $30 million restoration early in the 21st century.
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  • Built in 1848-1852, this beautiful red brick cathedral is the hone of the Albany Diocese. 2 ornate spires rise 210 feet tall. 2nd oldest Catholic cathedral in New York State and 3rd oldest Catholic... 
    Built in 1848-1852, this beautiful red brick cathedral is the hone of the Albany Diocese. 2 ornate spires rise 210 feet tall. 2nd oldest Catholic cathedral in New York State and 3rd oldest Catholic...  more »
  • I love visiting Catholic diocesan cathedrals everywhere I travel. And since I was visiting relatives nearby, i decided to check this out, and attended 12:15pm Mass that day. The cathedral is... 
    I love visiting Catholic diocesan cathedrals everywhere I travel. And since I was visiting relatives nearby, i decided to check this out, and attended 12:15pm Mass that day. The cathedral is...  more »
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  • Fully renovated, this cathedral is an extraordinary architectural asset in the city of Albany. Very much worth visiting in person and/or taking the virtual tour online available at their web site
  • There isn't a place so wonderful like the House Of God, and it is always open. You really feel like you belong to this place. It is peacefully guarded by the silence. People usually is very considerate and come to see the House of God with respect without disrupting the prayer time for those looking for solitude. There isn't a prayer that haven't been answered every time I come to pray here. God always has that special attention for those looking for him in a Middle of the busy life if the city

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