New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight
- Small group
- Duration: 1.5 hours
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The portion of the tour in the catacombs was loaded with history. I was expecting to see some skulls and bones which now I realize was unrealistic. All the tombs are sealed and the guide explains the deceased prominence in the community. The church tour was more than what I expected. The craftsmanship of stained glass, the altar and statues is something I really enjoyed. The organ viewing, you walk through it, is great to see how things were built back then. Very rugged. I never knew how militant Catholics were at the time the church was constructed and how they had to defend themselves. The history of those times must hold a lot of good stories.
My sister and I went to New York and saw an ad about the catacombs tour. We decided to try it out and were able to get tickets for the next day. It was easy to buy the tickets online. Leo was our guide for our tour and he did an excellent job. So many interesting people are buried there and I loved hearing about the history behind their stories. The tour takes about 90 minutes but is not stressful or difficult to do. The cathedral is beautiful and I loved learning the differences between a cemetery and a graveyard, and why this church is a basilica. Very interesting tour and well worth the money.
Dan our tour guy was fenomenal he discussed every detail and showed us around it was a great experience, he made out experience unforgettable. I will definitely go back with my kids So that they can learn about our Catholic Church, our anscestors great food New York City wine makers for us the adults :) etc because you will learn things I never imagine or thought I will hear it thank you Dan. You don’t have to tip the tour staff but you guys should they deserve it :)
Dan, our tour guide, was so wonderful! Incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and clearly enjoys his job & teaching people about the wonders of NYC. The tour itself was short and cute, but it definitely left me wanting to do more tours. Highly recommend.
The tour was more than I expected. Brittany’s history lesson was key to understanding the location of the Cathedral. The interior of the Cathedral is breathtaking and the catacombs tour was interesting and unique.