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AAW 2008 Day 5 : real life reference : St Patrick's Cathedral, New York

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While on a first trip in New York for something completely different, in February, I took a chance to visit St Patrick's cathedral...



St Patrick's cathedral, New York St Patrick's cathedral, New York

Hard to take a shot of the entire front.
St Patrick's cathedral, New York St Patrick's cathedral, New York

Nice door.



but wondered where exactly was Armand supposed to have committed suicide (in Mnemoch the devil).
Because as the cathedral is set right on the 5th Avenue, there is no room for a grandiloquent arrival with Lestat and co. Unless Armand wanted to get driven over before jumping into the sun.

To be honest, I was walking up the 5th Avenue while taking pics of anything that caught my eye, took pics of the building and of the ones in front, kept walking towards Center Park... And at some point realized "Hey, wasn't St Patrick's supposedly before this?". And it's only when checking my map that I realized that the rather unimpressive church-looking building I had taken pictures of was, in fact, the famous St Patrick's cathedral.

St Patrick's cathedral, New York St Patrick's cathedral, New York

Surprisingly white and small inside, to me.
St Patrick's cathedral, New York St Patrick's cathedral, New York

I do like lighting by candles, though

...
Yeah.
So I got back to get inside and take more pics.
See, that's partly because Manhattan's buildings are really high (how original a comment is that?), so they make the cathedral look like a tiny peck next to them. It's in front (and in the shadow) of the Rockefeller Center. Of course it looks small.

And I live in Paris and have recently seen the cathedral of Cologne, one of the world's biggest. So I'm hard to impress, I'm afraid.

St Patrick's cathedral, New York St Patrick's cathedral, New York

Not enough light or depth for good pics of the architecture, alas (I don't use flash in sacred places. I may be agnostic but I respect the place)
St Patrick's cathedral, New York St Patrick's cathedral, New York

Ah, the merchandising store next door... so tacky.




AAW 2008 Day 1 : Armand on DeviantArt recently

AAW 2008 Day 2 : Fic : Lullaby for songbird

AAW 2008 Day 3 : icons

AAW 2008 Day 4 : Song inspiration
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