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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
+1 215-561-1313
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The head church of Philadelphia's Catholic Archdiocese is on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass here in 1979.
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18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Center West
+1 215-561-1313
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Magnificent - simply magnificent! Lit candles for all who I hold near and dear and marveled at the ambiance. Would love to attend a mass here sometime.

Thank LeniandBob
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Cathedral was absolutely beautiful inside! At first I felt kind of strange walking around when there were a few (maybe 7?) people in random pews praying but its to be expected I suppose when visiting a church. It is absolutely free but since the...More

Thank dannidanielle3
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely cathedral to visit. Nice tour given by church ambassador. We did it as part of the "Philadelphia Pass"

Thank TexasLaura1958
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely gorgeous church. What a tribute to God. A wonderful place of worship. The history, architecture, the ambiance. Just being in here makes you want to kneel in a pew and thank God for all He is. Even if one does not...More

Thank scott v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stop at all Basilicas across the country and this was stunning. A must see if your into Cathedrals.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in the area, you really must stop in for a quick look at least. Absolutely beautiful! There was a gentleman playing the organ when we stopped in and it just added to the beauty!

Thank Goophygirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up Catholic and have always had a fascination and appreciation for the cathedrals that Catholicism constructed. While not practicing now, I try and make it a point to visit these cathedrals whenever I find myself in a large city. St. Peter & Paul...More

1  Thank Brandon E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tiptoed in to this cathedral early in the morning. All was quiet as we strolled through the lovely, gilded, French-style basilica. It's worth a few minutes of your time to take a peek at this beautiful cathedral.

Thank Renato M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Leave the hustle-bustle world of Center City and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway far behind, as you enter the cast bronze doors of this magnificent structure. Seated in the midst of oversize stain glass, antique marble, massive pillars and the 80' vaulted ceiling of its Roman-Corinthian...More

Thank Sheila S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped to tour this gorgeous cathedral because it was part of the hop on hop off tour bus and we were so glad we stopped. Breathtaking in scope and detail, my only wish would have been for a self-guided tour pamphlet to give us some...More

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Jacky G
10 December 2015|
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
8:00 am in Basillica 9:30 am in Basillica 11:00 am Basillica 6:30 pm in Bassillica 12:30 Spanish Mass in Chapel
Michael s
28 November 2015|
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Response from MemeHHI | Reviewed this property |
I would only add that at least one confessional booth is equipped with a phone/amplifier for the hearing-impaired.
13 July 2015|
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Response from gypsy001 | Reviewed this property |
not unless you have an invitation/ticket