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Cathedral of Learning

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Neighborhood: North Oakland
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Address: University of Pittsburgh, 4200 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Phone Number: 412/624-6000
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The Nationality Rooms

Wow! What a clever fundraising idea!! In an age before the wonders fo 500+ cable channels and the wilds of the internets, I can see how impressive these rooms would be as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wow! What a clever fundraising idea!! In an age before the wonders fo 500+ cable channels and the wilds of the internets, I can see how impressive these rooms would be as exemplars of a type. I suspect, more than a little inspiration for epcot was derived from the cathedral and its nationality rooms...

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We all loved touring the nationality rooms. An amazing concept to build a classroom building as a skyscraper. Quite a homage to education/learning as an important human ideal. Rooms on first floor require a key that you rent for $2/person in your group. You open the rooms, look around, and then lock the room when you depart. Newer rooms on... More 

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Medford NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This soaring tower is prominent in the Pittsburgh skyline, seen from miles around. Up close it is beautiful inside and out, with majestic arches and massive gathering spaces as well as cozy nooks and crannies hidden off in corners for conferences or quiet study. The University of Pittsburgh has been called "the college most like Hogwarts" because the Cathedral of... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This towering center of the University of Pittsburgh has excellent views of the city and surrounding area on the 34th floor. Take the elevator to the top. No charge. Also highly recommended is a tour of the Nationality Rooms -- rooms decorated in the style of different nations around the world. I also liked the cavernous lobby on the main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This place was breath taking! The other reviews are right in that it reminds you of Hogwarts. Simply gorgeous. The nationality rooms were neat. My 1st grader was very curious about it.

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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Its the 2nd tallest academic building in the world, next only to university of Moscow. you cant miss it... Its worth keeping a few pics along

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Really great place to walk around and ride the elevator to the 38th floor for vista like views of the city. The nationality rooms were not open and that is the only regret we have. Such cool gothic architecture to see!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Reviewed the Nationality Rooms separately. We visited on a hot August Sunday, while an Indian-American festival was in progress--which just highlighted the wonderful nature of this structure and the superb setting of The Commons. When you enter The Commons you will likely think of Harry, Hermione and Dumbledore--they would be right at home. What a great spot for students to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

What a wonderful idea. To have a place for students to go to study at any time of the day or night is truly wonderful. The outside and inside is beautiful and extremely well kept. It is worth the visit.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is really a must stop when visiting historic downtown Pittsburgh. Completed in the early '30's, the Cathedral is a monument to higher education. 42 stories, 36 accessible with the magnificient Nationality rooms to visit. Tours of rooms are quite cheap, @ $4/pp but if you are lacking time and money, a visit of the free rooms on the 3rd... More 

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