- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Landmarks Conservancy is holding an open house of religious architecture this month.

The 4th annual “Sacred Sites Open House Weekend” is May 17-18.

Forty New York City congregations are participating. They are among more than 125 participating statewide.

This year’s theme is “Sacred Sites and the Community: How Immigration and Migration Shape New York.”

The sites include the Eldridge Street Museum and Synagogue in Manhattan. The 1887 building boasts a soaring 50-foot ceiling and lavish Moorish-style interior.

An example of the small wood-framed churches built on Staten Island during the 19th century can be seen at the Free Magyar Reformed Church.

In the Bronx, St. Anselm’s Church is modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Some of the interior decorations were painted by Benedictine monks.



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