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Cathedral of Learning

University of Pittsburgh, 4200 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (North Oakland)
412/624-6000
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Ranked #7 of 92 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Museums
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Baltimore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We have three kids who are students at U Pitt, so we have been here several times. Parking near the COL can be difficult of expensive. We enjoyed a tour of the national rooms. They have many classrooms that have been sponsored by countries. Most of these rooms are used as classrooms. (I don;t think that they use the Syria/Lebanon... More

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Rye, NY
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus is worth a visit just for the building: from the outside, a glimmering skyscraper, but the first level does, indeed, look like a cathedral, only instead of people praying there are students studying and chatting. Visitors come to see the classrooms designed to highlight the culture of several countries. The... More

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mashpee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Used Trip Advisor ratings and it did not disappoint! This is at the University of Pittsburgh and the area is lovely. I would suggest going on a weekend (We went on a Sunday) as the International rooms are used for classes during the week. The student guide was not the greatest speaker but you can visit on your own with... More

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new mexico
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176 reviews 176 reviews
82 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this! Honestly, when you walk in the door you feel like you are in a real cathedral; I expected to hear Gregorian chants. It is hard to remember that this is the hub of the University of Pittsburgh - it could be a center of medieval scholarship. And the center of this cathedral is a giant common room... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Had a guided tour of the different theme rooms on the ground floor. Guess will never have another university building like this one. A guided tour is recommended.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Walk inside and I guarantee you will get the chills. You feel like you are inside a castle, yet there are students and faculty buzzing around. The Nationality Classrooms are worth seeing.

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Bangalore, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place holds so much heritage to it. The place has these rooms that shows how different countries and their culture contributes to the world. there were close to 29 rooms and it's a must that you visit each of these. The experience is overwhelming !! There's so much history out there !!

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Juneau, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was on my list of things to see if I had time in Pittsburgh AFTER my other adventures. Well my other adventures fell through, bummed I decided I'd just got check out the Cathedral of Learning. I am SO glad my other ideas didn't pan out and very disappointed in myself for not allowing myself more time to explore!... More

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Cathedral of learning is spectacular. I went to Frick middle school and I used to sneak out at Lunchtime get a pop and go in the building and take the elevator to the top floor you can go to which is the 36th floor the building is 42 floors in total...what great memories

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PITTSBURGH, PA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

There are not many American cities that can boast a castle, but that is what the Cathedral of Learning feels like. You will step back into the 16th or 17th century as you sit in one of the many wooden chairs and benches. Having attended Pitt many years ago, I often studied in the Cathedral which was usually quiet in... More

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