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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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+1 215-561-1313
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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A must see!

I went to Catholic high school, so I had a lot of exposure to the Basilica. It's absolutely breathtaking and even if you're not Catholic, like me, you will be in awe of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to Catholic high school, so I had a lot of exposure to the Basilica. It's absolutely breathtaking and even if you're not Catholic, like me, you will be in awe of the absolute beauty of it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's somewhat darker then other cathedrals but that doesn't lessen its charm. Take especial note of the magnificent ceiling. It's on the parkway at 17th close to the Barnes Museum and other science and historical museums.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to a friends wedding. Very nice place to get married. and the wedding ceremony was held next door at the Sheraton hotel. Location excellent; very close to every thing downtown.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying across the street at the Embassy Suites so we decided to visit the Cathedral before heading out for the day. The architecture and design is breathtaking. The stained glass and murals inside are beautiful.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking through the doors takes you into the history and diversity of the Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia. Visted by Popesand the homeless. The site of the funerals for too many police and firefighters who died in the line of duty. Tours can be scheduled throughout the day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's always a special treat to find a large church like those in Europe -- here in the US. Christmas High Mass was lovely --- with the Archbishop presiding. This is a beautiful Basilica and the Nativity was a wonderful holiday specialty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a peaceful place to just dream or pray or what ever...find peace and happyness here in philly the sights and sounds ther are god like!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even experienced a wedding taking place. The interior of this basilica was beyond words. Do not hesitate to go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Even if you are not a Catholic please stop in and reflect on this catherdral's Beauty! Say a prayer for a loved one or friend. light a candle! PEACE..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

One of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the USA and on par with many beautiful churches I have seen in Europe.

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