Historical View by main1

Albany, NY USA..November 2010..Nikon D300
Welcome to the historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. People from all over the world have crossed the threshold beneath the old sandstone portals of this cathedral church.

From its lofty pedestal atop Madison Avenue hill overlooking the Hudson River, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception today stands watch over the City and Diocese of Albany. The Cathedral’s spires have become a symbol of New York’s capital city. For one hundred and fifty years the Cathedral has served as a beacon of hope, reassuring us of God’s enduring presence in an ever-changing world.

Cathedral beginnings:
The Albany Diocese was erected by Pope Pius IX on 23 April 1847. Immigrants from Ireland, German principalities, Italy and other European countries were mostly Catholic. These immigrant people arriving in such great number stirred the pastoral concern of the Bishop of New York, John Hughes. His fast growing congregation needed closer shepherding. The coadjutor bishop of New York, the Rt. Reverend John McCloskey, was installed as the first bishop of Albany on September 9, 1847.

John McCloskey; Shepherd of Exiles
The majority of Bishop McCloskey’s immigrant Irish flock came to America from Ireland during the harrowing Potato Famine. Being poor and uneducated, they became the object of much ridicule and scorn from the Yankees establishment. The “Know Nothing Movement” at the time was strong in its attacks on immigrants, especially Catholics. Bishop McCloskey realized that his first task was to help Catholics take their rightful place in their new country. One way for this to be done was by building a great cathedral of which all could be proud. Bishop McCloskey commissioned a young Irish architect; Patrick Charles Keely, ( 1816 – 1896) of Brooklyn, New York to design and build Albany’s cathedral. Keely emigrated to New York in 1842 at age 25.
(Directly from the churches website)
For more info"here":http://www.cathedralic.com/history.htm


  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    beautiful scene

  • Thank you so much George :O)

    – main1

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Super viewing, clear, crisp and filled with positive energy and life Marleia!…..Tony

  • Hi Tony :O) Thank you so very much!!

    – main1

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image, so sharp, this looks like a post card. Love he history.

  • Thank you so much Byron :O)

    – main1

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so very much Rick :O))

    – main1

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 4 years ago

    Huh, I thought NYC was the capital? hahahahahaa

  • Hmmm seems a few people do lol :O)

    – main1

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    I never got to Albany when I was a trainee American, never will now…
    A lovely view, Marleia, I didn’t know your camera could photograph such big things…….LOL

  • Hi Jesika :O) I miss my bugs!! Yeah occasionally I point my lens higher than ground lever lol. Not by choice though!! Just waiting for my bugs again. Thank you so much :O)

    – main1

  • flyfish70
    flyfish70over 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot of Albany, love the colors and the the Cathedral ROCKS!!!!! Thanks for the history info as well, very cool!!!!!

  • Hey Mister :O) Thank you so much!! I love walking around cities and checking out the Catherdrals! They are beautiful! Going to NYC soon for bridges. Love them too :O)

    – main1

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture and interesting history!
    Unfortunately it rained all day when we were there.

  • Hi Trish :O) Rain makes it tough to photograph and enjoy the outdoors huh? :( This day was a very pretty one .. I got lucky!! Thank you :O)

    – main1

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • :O)

    – main1

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Just a wonderful capture of this beautiful Cathederal. Just love the history!!

  • Thank you :O) I love history too!! :O)

    – main1

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