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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Center West
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
+1 215-561-1313
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love visiting churches around the world and this one fits right in with the rest. Beautiful interiors and a ton of great history. There's also usually volunteers there to give you some inside information.

Thank cic4cia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you first walk into the Basilica you have a sense of amazement. The beauty and peacefulness is amazing.I felt so at peace here.Look up at the ceilings the are so beautiful. The statues are also beautiful . Just to go around the church and...More

Thank rene w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful and so peaceful in the middle of bustle of the city. Beautiful trees and serene ambiance. Take a few moments to stop

Thank otna
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

I tend to have higher opinion on European cathedrals than their American counterparts; however, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul totally beat my expectations. It was magnificent. I strongly recommend visiting it. We have to visit this place with a care and respect to...More

Thank NobuLex
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Downtown Philadelphia can be a pain to get to by car, but once there, it's a dream. All the sights are within walking distance or accessible by a great bus system (we did a self-guided 6-hr walking tour, but the buses will pick you you/drop...More

Thank HCzaj
Reviewed 27 November 2017

All basilicas are impressive, but some more than others. The alter, ceiling, and center section were stone, wood, dark, and moody. The sides looked like they belonged in another building with light colored plaster walls. The statues were not identified. There was very little stained...More

Thank MisterTiffy
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Stopped in Sunday morning as a funeral mass for police was beginning. Beautiful holy place with stunning stained glass windows that inspire awe and reverence.

1  Thank Noel F
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

It's huge and it's beautiful. I even went to mass in one of the chapels inside and even that was about 1/2 or even 2/3 tje size of the parish I go to. Size usually doesn't impress me in buildings but I love it in...More

1  Thank Angel A
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This stunning cathedral is a must see on your trip to Philadelphia. The building is absolutely gorgeous and awe-inspiring. The volunteers working there were very nice and helpful and ready to answer any questions. Photography is allowed inside, just no flash.

1  Thank LenaHull
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

If you are Catholic visiting Philly, this is a must see. A stunning example of an old church, grand in history and scale. An old cathedral built with old world craftsmanship. It is a very welcoming place. A host is on hand to answer questions....More

Thank Tom M
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Jacky G
11 December 2015|
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
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Michael s
29 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.
14 July 2015|
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Response from gypsy001 | Reviewed this property |
not unless you have an invitation/ticket