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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.
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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 4 April 2016

Had seen this church several times while visiting Philly, but never stopped. It was worth the stop, very pretty inside. It's not quite the caliber of St. Patrick's in NYC.

Thank Brian O
Reviewed 30 March 2016

I've dropped in to the Cathedral on several occasions. To be honest I am not overly impressed. Certainly, it has its charms but when compared to other I have visited it leaves me a bit wanting.

Thank joeF_10
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Attended the Cathedral Basilica for Easter Sunday mass. Lovely church and the acoustics for the choir and orchestra was great.

Thank Eoin C
Reviewed 24 March 2016

I'm from St. Louis, and the mosaics in our cathedral are just unbelievable...nothing compares with them. This is a wonderful cathedral and it is impressive that Pope Francis visited here, but it just isn't as beautiful as the cathedral in St. Louis.

Thank elizabethf1221
Reviewed 14 March 2016

You don't have to be Roman Catholic (I'm not) to appreciate the splendor of this magnificent building. Step inside and you will be awed by a Cathedral that was the site of two papal Masses, one celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979 and...More

Thank Doctorew
Reviewed 12 March 2016

We happened to be walking by this Cathedral on our way to museums and decided to take a step inside. What a gorgeous church. The stained glass, the humongous organ above you, the architecture, and just the enormity of this place. It reminded us of...More

Thank crapschick
Reviewed 5 March 2016

My wife and daughter attended mass on Sunday morning and insisted that I go in to see the beautiful architecture. A tour of the cathedral was in progress when we got there and we heard a lot of history of the building.

Thank Bear625
Reviewed 2 March 2016

This is a very impressive building with a rich history. I loved the color of the basilica. I truly found the location intriguing.

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Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

I never expected the beauty I saw inside. I was lucky to have a personal tour with the church ambassador by the name of Frank. It was free. He was eager to tell me the history of the cathedral and statues and paintings. This cathedral...More

Thank MaryAnneCullen
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Stayed at the hotel across the street and walked over to see the cathedral. We were greeted an offered some literature on the building and a tour, but chose to walk around on our own. Pictures do not do this justice. If you have some...More

Thank lukac7
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Jacky G
What time are the Masses there on Sundays?
10 December 2015|
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
8:00 am in Basillica 9:30 am in Basillica 11:00 am Basillica 6:30 pm in Bassillica 12:30 Spanish Mass in Chapel
Michael s
What are the handicap accommodations?
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.
Can I cme to Mass when Pope Francis is here
13 July 2015|
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Response from gypsy001 | Reviewed this property |
not unless you have an invitation/ticket