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“Opulent and beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
+1 215 561 1313
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$35*
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Ranked #4 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Pennsylvania
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“Opulent and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Not sure this is what the humble carpenter and his disciples had in mind, but the Christmas Day serve here was beautiful and inspiring. Magnificent structure and world-class music created a memory. The whole effect is reminiscent of great European cathedrals.

Visited December 2013
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“A plain and uninteresting church”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

A nondescript, plain church, with no distinctive feature but a nice organ. Looks like a gentrified version of a standard parish church in southern Europe.

Visited January 2014
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“Such a treasure in Philadelphia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you enjoy beautiful places of worship and religious art, you will thoroughly enjoy this Basilica.

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

But we only saw from the outside as if there is a Mass you can't go in. It is a beautiful building with a dome reminiscent of St Pauls and I will make more of an effort to get in there next time.

Visited January 2014
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Absouletly beautiful cathedral! Free audio tour is available on your smart phone. The architecture is amazing. It is extremely clean.

Visited January 2014
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