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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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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.
Reviewed September 2, 2012

This church is right across street from Embassy suite where we stayed. The inside was gorgeous and huge. It gave you a very serene feel after a day of hustle bustle in town.

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

A worthwhile stop in center city Philadelphia, and it's right off a Philly Phlash stop for convenience. Utterly spectacular architecture and stained glass. Although we didn't use it, you can download a guide using a QR code. For people of any faith, this is a cathedral worth visiting.

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

I have been a fan of Church architecture for a long while. On this trip I managed to pull my husband into SS. Peter and Paul for a look. He had never been in a Cathedral before, and it was fun to see the space through his eyes. Although not as lofty as it's bigger European cousins and also homier than the National Cathedral it is evident that this church has a real congregation. There were parishioners coming and going as we visited (if you go, be careful not to disturb their devotions, and take time to say a prayer of your own if you wish, no matter what your faith) and we were greeted by a helpful guide, and a priest on his way to perform some duty. Note the large mosaics in the side altars, and the sweet baldacchino over the main altar. Photography allowed, but keep the flash off.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The craftmanship is amazing! We went on a Saturday and actually got to watch a wedding! The artwork is amazing and the history of the Basilica is very interesting!

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

SS. Peter and Paul was elevated to the level of Basilica in the 1970's by Pope Paul. The inside is beautiful. You don't have to be catholic to appreciate it. From the outside, its looks are deceiving. You have to go in. There is a shrine to St. John Neumann, one (if not the) America's first saints in one of the many apses.

You can download an app for a free walking tour. Very informative.

P.S. There is a small coffee shop with a visitor center right across the street which is good for a little rest after some sightseeing. The visitor center is staffed, and the person we talked to was extremely helpful.

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