Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Diocese of Albany

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located on Madison Avenue hill overlooking the Hudson River.

Completed in 1852 it was consecrated by the Most Reverend John Hughes, Archbishop of New York.

The spires of the cathedral were built approximately twenty-five years apart. The northern spire was completed in 1862. The Cathedral’s southern spire on the other hand was constructed in 1888.

The Cathedral’s bells were blessed by Bishop McCloskey on November 16, 1862. They were placed in the north tower and rang for the first time on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1862. The bells were cast in West Troy (Watervliet), New York in the legendary Meneely Bell Foundry.