NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The massive renovation at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is nearly complete.
Crews are putting the finishing touches on the landmark church just in time for Pope Francis‘ visit in September.
As CBS2’s Elise Finch reported, after nearly four years, the scaffolding has been removed from St. Patrick’s Cathedral both inside and out.
There’s very little evidence of the multi-phase renovation, yet every inch of the building has been restored.
Each column was cleaned using a latex that gets painted on and pulled off two days later, gently removing decades-old dirt, Finch reported.
Every pew was removed, sanded and re-stained and each stain-glass window thoroughly cleaned.
“The church’s purpose is to let the grace and light of God’s word shine forth in a very colorful way; stained-glass windows personify that. And now it does it, right! Now the sun is coming through,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Dolan led a brief tour of the cathedral, looking on as Galeros — the red hats popes used to give to cardinals — were put back on display.