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“Mass at the Cathedral”

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Ranked #8 of 443 things to do in Philadelphia
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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.
Franklinville, New Jersey
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“Mass at the Cathedral”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

WE went for Easter and it has been a long time since I attended Mass at the Cathedral . It was as beautiful as I remembered it

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“beautiful”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

the architecture is unbelieable. You need to slowly walk around the Cathedral inside and outside --so as not to miss anything.

Visited November 2012
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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“nice experience”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

There was a lady in the basilica that told us a lot about the history of the place. She was also very familiar with the tradition and how the church is used nowadays. We had a nice talk!

Visited November 2012
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Sterling, Virginia
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“Beautiful basilica, worth exploring”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The basilica is beautiful. I was a little turned off by the U.S. flag hanging just inside the sanctuary. We attended a Sunday evening mass; overall it was nice, but not spectacularly inspiring. The basilica itself is worth exploring. It has beautiful arcades and a gorgeous domed ceiling in the central section; and the half-dome over the altar is beautiful.

Visited November 2012
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Atlantic City
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“Beautiful and Inspiring”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I've been spending time in Philadelphia my whole life, but never thought to go in and look at the Basilica. It's massive and beautiful. It's wild to think about how people must have reacted to it when it opened in the 1860's. I'm sure there are more impressive or inspiring cathedrals in the world, but this is a gem that's hiding in plain sight in Philadelphia.

Visited October 2012
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