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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stained glass” (33 reviews)
“light a candle” (13 reviews)
“sunday mass” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Center West
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+1 215-561-1313
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"stained glass"
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"light a candle"
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"sunday mass"
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"main altar"
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"logan square"
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"beautiful architecture"
in 16 reviews
"benjamin franklin parkway"
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"awe inspiring"
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"worth a visit"
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"across the street"
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"art museum"
in 14 reviews
"catholic"
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The windows are very high up and it makes taking photos tough as the natural light is poor (IMO) unless the day is very bright outside - it is pretty fantastic and near the museums in Philadelphia.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Just a beautiful church, tours available for free after the 11am mass on Sunday, but you can go in any time

Thank Angelo And Andr... V
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

I love visiting churches around the world and this one fits right in with the rest. Beautiful interiors and a ton of great history. There's also usually volunteers there to give you some inside information.

Thank cic4cia
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

When you first walk into the Basilica you have a sense of amazement. The beauty and peacefulness is amazing.I felt so at peace here.Look up at the ceilings the are so beautiful. The statues are also beautiful . Just to go around the church and...More

Thank rene w
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Beautiful and so peaceful in the middle of bustle of the city. Beautiful trees and serene ambiance. Take a few moments to stop

Thank otna
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

I tend to have higher opinion on European cathedrals than their American counterparts; however, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul totally beat my expectations. It was magnificent. I strongly recommend visiting it. We have to visit this place with a care and respect to...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Downtown Philadelphia can be a pain to get to by car, but once there, it's a dream. All the sights are within walking distance or accessible by a great bus system (we did a self-guided 6-hr walking tour, but the buses will pick you you/drop...More

Thank HCzaj
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

All basilicas are impressive, but some more than others. The alter, ceiling, and center section were stone, wood, dark, and moody. The sides looked like they belonged in another building with light colored plaster walls. The statues were not identified. There was very little stained...More

Thank MisterTiffy
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Stopped in Sunday morning as a funeral mass for police was beginning. Beautiful holy place with stunning stained glass windows that inspire awe and reverence.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

It's huge and it's beautiful. I even went to mass in one of the chapels inside and even that was about 1/2 or even 2/3 tje size of the parish I go to. Size usually doesn't impress me in buildings but I love it in...More

1  Thank Angel A
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
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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.
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13 July 2015|
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not unless you have an invitation/ticket
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