Sacred Spaces in New York City
We will visit spectacular architectural examples of the sacred spaces of three of the world’s great religions, with guided tours of each. The first, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic Christianity) is the largest Gothic Catholic cathedral in the United States. Dedicated in 1879, it has just undergone a complete structural and aesthetic restoration. With its twin 330 foot spires, it is one of the city’s landmarks. Inside, it boasts a seating capacity of 2,400, numerous altars and stained glass windows, and a giant organ with 7,855 pipes. Following this tour we will dine at Cucina & Co. in Rockefeller Center. Then we travel to Temple Emanu-El (Reform Judaism), hailed as one of largest and most beautiful synagogues in the world. Completed in 1929 it can seat 2,500 people in its enormous main sanctuary, which, due to its architectural steel frame, contains not a single interior supporting pillar. With 60 stained glass windows and a multi-hued, hand painted and gilded ceiling this synagogue has the largest organ in the world with more than 10,000 pipes. Next, we take the bus to the Islamic Cultural Center (Islam). Completed in 1996, it was the first building erected as a mosque in New York City. Its form is a cube surmounted by a copper clad, pre-cast dome. It contains the two primary elements of a traditional Islamic house of worship: a mosque and a minaret. Within the mosque, the mihrab, or altar niche, faces Mecca, dictating the mosque’s 29 degree angle from the Manhattan street grid. This alignment creates a traditional exterior court for worshipers to gather before services. The result is a striking blend of ancient Islamic tradition and contemporary design and materials.
NOTE: PLEASE BRING A HEAD SCARF, IT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO THE MOSQUE.
Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, lunch, snacks and gratuities.
505 – $128
7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 7 a.m.