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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 91 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Museums
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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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Syracuse, New York
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Took the self-guided tour of the Nationalities Rooms. $4 per person. Photo ID needed. Amazing detail in the different rooms. Could spend hours there if listened to all of the information. Gothic architecture is splendid. Tour would probably be boring for younger children. Guided tour (same price as self-guided) might be better to focus on your interests on the tour.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went on our own without a guided visit and we took our time to look at this magnificent and very impressive piece of architecture. You should visit because it is really something to see. It is like you are transported to another era.

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Kathmandu, null, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Pittsburghers tend to take the 'cathedral' for granted, since it is such a ubiquitous site, but whenever I see a photo my heart skips a beat because it is such a beautiful building. As a child I loved to wander through the great hall of the ground floor, stone paved and columned and visit the 'classrooms' - models of someone's... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very impressive architecture. Like stepping back in time. Visited on a tour of Pitt. You really feel like you've stepped into Hogwarts. The cultural rooms are impressive as well.

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TENNESSEE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This provided a nice inside view from inside a very historical building. It was very crowded, but you can get a few nice shots of Pittsburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a must see if you are in the area or if you are the family member of student at Pitt. I have never had the opportunity to see the Nationality Rooms but just a walk through the halls is enough. And... IT'S FREE!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I read that this is the second highest school building in the world. We took the elevator to the top and got a great view of the city. The study room on the ground floor level made my family feel like we were in a Harry Potter scene. Very cool. Unfortunately, I did not get to see the Nationality Rooms,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

If you're looking for a different type of cerebral experience while in Pittsburgh, the Cathedral of Learning is it. It's a self guided tour showing cultural classrooms from around the world. You can take your time and observe all the really interesting details, or you can speed through it. In either event you should be impressed. Doesn't cost very much... More

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