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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” (33 reviews)
“light a candle” (13 reviews)
“sunday mass” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Centre West
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+1 215-561-1313
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"stained glass"
in 33 reviews
"light a candle"
in 13 reviews
"sunday mass"
in 11 reviews
"main altar"
in 9 reviews
"logan square"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 16 reviews
"benjamin franklin parkway"
in 10 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"across the street"
in 17 reviews
"art museum"
in 14 reviews
"catholic"
in 68 reviews
"pope"
in 28 reviews
"prayer"
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"choir"
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"roman"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful cathedral. My wife and I spent about 20 minutes in it. Very close to all the other attractions and I highly recommend you stop by if you're in the area. It's free to visit and makes you feel like it takes you back...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here on a recent trip and it is a place you must go into as it is truly beautiful. We are not religious people but the whole visit I could no stop taking in the wonderful sights. Wecwerecstoped by a lady from the...More

Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Exquisite art work. We chose the 8 a.m. mass. The cantor had a beautiful voice and the priest was inspiring. Again, an easy walk from Hilton city center.

Thank Catherine L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stuck our heads in on the way to the Art Museum. It was Saturday morning, and unexpectedly there was a crowd, a big service (I think) to celebrate marriage. We watched a procession, including the bishop, march around the church, with a statue of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just happened to read about the group Chanticleer performing here a week before our Philly trip. I got really good seats (about 6 pews back in the center) The groups repertoire was all sacred music from the 1500's to American spirituals. Listening to a...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful church, a photographers dream. Free to wander inside of, only if you have a few minutes to kill. I wouldn't make a special trip here, but it's beautiful

Thank nrstp
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

This is a Must See In Philadelphia. Please do not Miss This when you Come . You will walk away with a stronger Faith God Bless You Always .

Thank Paula T
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is a stunning piece of architecture, well worth your time for a visit. There is some interior renovations going on at the moment, but don't let that stop you. This certainly has to be one of the nicest basilicas I've seen in the US....More

Thank Ian K
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

The Cathedral is wonderful. Marbles, altars and statues reminded me Italian Churches. The volunteer told us the story, even if you are not Catholic, a visit it is worth.

Thank Paolo G
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This whole building is so amazingly beautiful that I had forgiven the rude usher that wanted us to wait outside because the Easter mass was finishing. Isn't it the church suppose to welcome you in.. maybe he did not know this.

Thank RocNY_er
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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.
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lkb1954
14 July 2015|
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Response from gypsy001 | Reviewed this property |
not unless you have an invitation/ticket
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