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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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Address: 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Stunning architecture and reverent space

Stopped in on a stroll back to the hotel on a Sunday shortly before evening mass. Absolutely incredible architecture, stained glass and decorative touches. Reverent, historic... read more

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Stopped in on a stroll back to the hotel on a Sunday shortly before evening mass. Absolutely incredible architecture, stained glass and decorative touches. Reverent, historic space in the heart of a bustling city. Stunning! Gorgeous!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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This is such a beautiful church. The stain glass is gorgeous. They have various masses including a spanish mass at 12:00 pm.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Church is very impressive and even non-catholics should visit it. The only point to change would be the timetable when it is opened, because we had to go twice to visit it

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We just walked in--no official tour. It was so spectacular! If you are in the area, definitely stop in.

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Brewster, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth the visit to see inside this beautiful Catherdal that Pope John Paul II visited. Close by Logan circle.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very pretty church and very big. We saw confessional areas and it had statues that were very nice.

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Gilbert, United States
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Philadelphia and just happened upon it after running the Rocky steps. This Catholic Church has a rich history from the early days of Philadelphia and is a must see. It is one of the most beautiful churches I have had the honor to visit. Its immaculate high ceilings and beautiful... More 

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I was there during Holy Week. Good Friday service was so beautiful and Easter Sunday mass very solemn. I loved it! My fav was the choir and cantors, absolutely angelic voices.

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Dayton
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Uber driver pointed out that the Pope had been to this church a couple years ago so while we were walking through the city seeing the sights we decided to pop in for a look. It's very beautiful inside and feels holy. There was a very nice woman inside who welcomed us, gave us some history of the church,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is beautiful with amazing stained glass and dome features. It reminded me of Italy. Interesting fact.....there are very few windows on the outside, some having been added long after the church was built, because at the time it was built, there was some terrorist activity against the Catholic church. Fun Fact!

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