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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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Beautiful Architecture!

This place is an architectural jewel!!! Amazing and inspiring. These Pitt students are so lucky to study in this beautiful space.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Yolanda W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is an architectural jewel!!! Amazing and inspiring. These Pitt students are so lucky to study in this beautiful space.

Thank Yolanda W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful building. Try to check out the different rooms designed around different countries.

Thank Janice B
Webster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can take a tour of this wonderful building. So impressive from the street but more impressinve inside with all the wonderful rooms of different nations. Our tour guide had poor English but was brilliant with all the knowledge she had of the rooms and the history behind them . It's such a unique place that it's well worth visiting... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is on a college campus, yet is very accessible to the general public. The building itself is gorgeous. You purchase your tickets at the front desk and get a key to let you in to each room. All the rooms you go to are of a different nationality and have authentic pieces and artifacts from that specific area of... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building and its contents and history is something very special. We spent about 4 hours inside and had a great time. The country sponsered working classrooms were very interesting and we commented that it was like doing EPCOT without all the little kids and without the cost. For 4 dollars you can go to all these rooms and enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The architecturally beautiful building houses country-themed classrooms that you can visit as long as a class isn't meeting in there. You look through little keyholes on the outside of the ornate doors to see if anyone is in the room. Each room has a detailed explanation of the decor and the country it is from. I spent about 2 hours... More 

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poconos, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this building on a campus tour of Pitt. Definitely a fascinating old building. Worthwhile to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Pitt alum, I may be biased but the 42 story Cathedral (sometimes known as "the height of ignorance" at CMU up the block) is jaw dropping. The "Commons room" and the surrounding Nationality classrooms ( they've installed six more on the third floor), along with the adjacent Stephan Foster Memorial and Heinz Chapel ) evoke European Gothic grandeur.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique architecture and the elevators system is very different... you punch in the floor you want to go to and it shoots you up/down. The view from the 36th floor is limited but worth the price of admission (free).

Thank Ronald S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiance and I used the Cathedral of learning as the backdrop for our engagement photos. The location is breathtaking and there were a lot of options for us. The rooms are each themed around a country and I loved the architecture of the main hall.

Thank Nichole R

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