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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
+1 215-561-1313
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stained glass” (30 reviews)
“light a candle” (13 reviews)
“sunday mass” (11 reviews)
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18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Center West
+1 215-561-1313
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and it is a place to visit because of its beautiful architecture You will be attracted by...More

1  Thank Travelcooking
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This place is beautiful, with lots of side areas/alters to pray and light candles ($2 each). The architecture and artwork are beautiful and it was a nice place to spend some quiet time.

Thank Kelton
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This Cathedral hosts an impressive dome. The interior is rich and there are some very nice lead windows.

Thank 120CC
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is place to visit when you love architecture and beautiful stained glass. Place to worship and reflect. Beautifull place.

Thank 391tadeuszk
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The church is kept in great shape. The heavy style leads to a massive interior. I loved the story that the church had no low stained glass windows because went it was built Catholics were afraid of the bigots of the "KnowNothing" movement who used...More

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We were lucky to attend the mass the archbishop celebrated. Crowded but nice and parishioners were most welcoming.

Thank camp219
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Beautiful and massive interior; lovely stained glass and organ. Gorgeous ceiling, stunning mosaics. Tranquil and cool on a hot summer's day. Worth a stop!

Thank worldexplorer0820
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful cathedral. We wanted to light a candle and see the beautiful architecture and were able to experience both. In fact we were the only visitors there at the time. It made it special and very spiritual for my husband and I. Highly...More

Thank Sherrel3
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here during our trip to Philadelphia. This is the cathedral that Pope John Paul delivered a sermon here. The cathedral is beautiful inside with marble floors and stained glass windows. I loved the beautiful paintings on the domed ceiling.

Thank DDay1959
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

The architecture alone will keep you breathless. I had the privilege of attending Mass in the chapel. I was so happy to ho to Mass and receive Eucharist in this beautiful structure.

Thank GrammyJ43
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
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28 November 2015|
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Response from MemeHHI | Reviewed this property |
I would only add that at least one confessional booth is equipped with a phone/amplifier for the hearing-impaired.
13 July 2015|
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Response from gypsy001 | Reviewed this property |
not unless you have an invitation/ticket