On a short visit to New York City last weekend, I had the opportunity to take a morning stroll up 8th Avenue to Columbus Circle and discovered the beautiful Church of St. Paul the Apostle at the corner of Columbus Avenue and West 60th Street. It is the "mother church" of the Paulist Fathers (missionaries to North America).
The church's main structure dates to 1876, and was inspired by the fourth and fifth century Christian basilicas in Ravenna, Italy. The church's exterior reflects thirteenth century Old Gothic. Beautiful stained glass windows, murals, and sculptures adorn the church.
The baptismal font, just inside the entrance to the sanctuary, spills into a shallow pool, guarded by a marble statue of Paul the Apostle.
Fittingly, the church building has been named an official New York City Landmark. More photos and information are available at www.stpaultheapostle.org/.