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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
Phone Number: +1 215 561 1313
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: 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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If you can't get to Rome...

This is a grand, even splendid building loosely modeled on St. Peter's in the Vatican. It looks less thrilling from outside, and the vestibule is nothing much, but just enter the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a grand, even splendid building loosely modeled on St. Peter's in the Vatican. It looks less thrilling from outside, and the vestibule is nothing much, but just enter the main sanctuary and you will be mightily impressed by the pillars, vaults, and lots of gilding. The high altar is unimpressive, but then, that reflects the liturgical changes following... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Large cathedral with lots stories and memories! I had my graduation Mass from Hallahan High School their.

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Denver, Colorado
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Not too much to look at from the outside, but the inside... wow.. hearkens to the great cathedrals of Europe. I'm not religious, but I love the historic beauty of old cathedrals, courtesy of ye olde Church of Rome. This is one of the very finest examples you'll find this side of the Atlantic.

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Great little stop on the tour, we felt like we were back in Rome here! wenonly needed about 20-30 minutes here and our guide told us exactly were to go to get picked up then.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

this was a magnificent church! So much to look at. Another perk is that it is free to visit! We stopped here on our walk from the Franklin Institute back to our hotel in Center City and it was the perfect spot to stop and rest and take in the beauty of this church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Though the church isn´t all that old, it´s very beautiful and imponent. The altar and vitrals are gorgeous. A must see.

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Oxford, CT USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Basilica is absolutely beautiful and awe inspiring. It has retained it's original religious "flavor" in that there has been no "modernization" of the religious symbols throughout (as there has been in many of the Roman Catholic churches). It is what a church is and, should be about: a place that inspires, comforts and brings peace one's soul.

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Helena, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We stopped briefly and looked inside. No charge and interesting basilica with an open door on a cold Monday afternoon.

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Avila Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a stunning Roman cathedral which has been carefully maintained. We went to high mass and it inures to the traditions of the church. There is a tour you can take after the service which includes the crypt in the basement.

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Leverett, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Took a break from museum viewing to visit the cathedral. Would like to have seen a pamphlet to walk around with, and the chance to have seen the altar up closer. It's a magnificent structure, but I would have liked to have learned more. There is a phone program available, but I couldn't seem to access it. I enjoyed seeing... More 

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