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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

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Address: 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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+1 215-561-1313
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The head church of Philadelphia's Catholic Archdiocese is on the National...

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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Closer to the Lord

Very impressive gem of a cathedral in downtown Phila. Before running around Europe to see famous churches, stop by here. The only downside is that the church clearly needs a paint... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
Pennsylvania, USA
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Pennsylvania, USA
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Very impressive gem of a cathedral in downtown Phila. Before running around Europe to see famous churches, stop by here. The only downside is that the church clearly needs a paint job.

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new york
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

This Cathedral is beautiful with its beautiful statues and the chair that the pope sat on when he visited, made by someone for his visit. The pulpit and paintings are amazing.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We stopped in for a quick visit as we love churches, usually lighting a candle in sanctuaries around the world. We stopped in on Sunday, between Masses and were welcomed by friendly parishioners with smiling faces. Thank you.

Thank Lorraine B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Landmark in Philadelphia that is visited by tourist all over the world. From the moment you walk through the doors, it's amazing! Must see

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Try to attend the tour of the cathedral you'll get so much more out it!The tour guides were amazing, over the top !! Thank you for an awesome experience.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I went to Catholic high school, so I had a lot of exposure to the Basilica. It's absolutely breathtaking and even if you're not Catholic, like me, you will be in awe of the absolute beauty of it!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

It's somewhat darker then other cathedrals but that doesn't lessen its charm. Take especial note of the magnificent ceiling. It's on the parkway at 17th close to the Barnes Museum and other science and historical museums.

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Went to a friends wedding. Very nice place to get married. and the wedding ceremony was held next door at the Sheraton hotel. Location excellent; very close to every thing downtown.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were staying across the street at the Embassy Suites so we decided to visit the Cathedral before heading out for the day. The architecture and design is breathtaking. The stained glass and murals inside are beautiful.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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4 reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Walking through the doors takes you into the history and diversity of the Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia. Visted by Popesand the homeless. The site of the funerals for too many police and firefighters who died in the line of duty. Tours can be scheduled throughout the day.

Thank MaryAnne S

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