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  2. New York (State)
  3. New York City
  4. Little Italy, New York

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.
About this activity
Duration 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • Complimentary tea lights
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

32 Prince St., in the middle of the block in between Mulberry and Mott street. Across from the cemetery wall. Guests should look for the Catacombs by candlelight tent in the courtyard of the Old St. Patrick's School. Proceed to the lower level of the building to check in with the ticket booth operator.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
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.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 33 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.3/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.2/5
Safety
4.8/5

Organized by

Tommy's New York LLC

Product ID: 282727