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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We had not planned to visit but found ourselves on the doorstep near a bus stop. We went inside and we're wowed by its beauty! We looked, we prayed, and toured around the building separately. Both John Paul II and Pope Francis said Mass here....More

Thank smjreader
Reviewed 1 November 2017

I took a quick tour through the Cathedral and was very impressed with the ornate architecture and beautiful finishes. It reminded me of European cathedrals.

Thank Hank V
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

This church was beautiful to visit, we have been staying right beside it and had views over the Basilica although inside was definitely special. Well worth a look around.

Thank cjanebaillie
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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
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