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Cathedral of Learning

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Address: University of Pittsburgh, 4200 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Phone Number: 412/624-6000
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Amazing Views

The views from the top floor of the Cathedral of Learning are truly breathtaking. The school just installed new elevators so the ride to the top is quick which is nice. Be sure to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nick F
Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views from the top floor of the Cathedral of Learning are truly breathtaking. The school just installed new elevators so the ride to the top is quick which is nice. Be sure to go on a clear day so you can see across the campus!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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297 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just a fabulous building, associated forever in my mind with the University of Pittsburgh. The architecture is fabulous. I just wish we could make it on a day they were having tours of the nationality rooms. We did take the elevator to the 36 floor to enjoy the view.

Thank mdgipsy
Vancouver, Canada
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very unique concept for classrooms arranged in a vertical tower. Well worth exploring the Nationality rooms, as they are all unique and decorated according to tradition of the country that they represent. The ground floor of the Cathedral Of learning is just like a hall out of a Harry Potter film. Take lunch or enjoy a coffee to appreciate... More 

Thank CanadaKids
Westerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting site, particularly the Hogwarts scale halls. It does harken back to an earlier age in academia, when lectures large and small were the primary mode of teaching. We visited during a school week, so most of the rooms dedicated to various nations were in use, but the ones we saw were interesting.

Thank AggieJoe79
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This, by far, is one of the most interesting venues in Pittsburgh. It is also closely associated with a major research institution, at the University of Pittsburgh. First, walking into the Cathedral of Learning is quite the experience, looks like Harry Potter's Hogwarts. The variety of class rooms for each of the ethnic populations that have made major impact in... More 

Thank Scopechick
Clarksburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The massive Commons Room is breathtaking - but do remember it's most likely being used, as it is still a functioning study hall. Be respectful. Spend the extra bucks ($4 per person, you get a key that unlocks the doors) and take the pre-recorded tour that includes ALL thirty of the accessible Nationality Rooms, even if you don't use the... More 

Thank dmwnc1959
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Ask any Pitt student who is the most beautiful girl on campus, and they will tell you Cathy. Most outsiders (uhh hem Penn Staters) think our obsession with her is ludicrous insulting her by saying she's just a tall building. Excuse me but she's the tallest educational building in the Northern Hemisphere thank you very much. But she is much... More 

Thank kp72494
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I enjoyed the wonderful panorama from the top floor and its balcony, and also the nationality rooms on the fist and third floors.

Thank FKL216
Melbourne, Australia
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101 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I was blown away by this place. Built in 1926, the 42 story tower is part of the University of Pittsburgh. We were unable to go to the top as it was closed for renovation the day we were there. However, the nationality rooms are well worth the visit. They are lecture rooms finished in the style of another culture... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This place is amazing. You could roam around the classrooms, each of which is themed around a country. The corridors have seating area where you can sit and study. I have been into the building multiple times and loved it each time. Only thing to take care of is making sure you get keys for the rooms from the kiosk.

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