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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” (31 reviews)
“light a candle” (13 reviews)
“sunday mass” (11 reviews)
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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 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
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and it is a place to visit because of its beautiful architecture You will be attracted by...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This place is beautiful, with lots of side areas/alters to pray and light candles ($2 each). The architecture and artwork are beautiful and it was a nice place to spend some quiet time.

Thank Kelton
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This Cathedral hosts an impressive dome. The interior is rich and there are some very nice lead windows.

Thank 120CC
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is place to visit when you love architecture and beautiful stained glass. Place to worship and reflect. Beautifull place.

Thank 391tadeuszk
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The church is kept in great shape. The heavy style leads to a massive interior. I loved the story that the church had no low stained glass windows because went it was built Catholics were afraid of the bigots of the "KnowNothing" movement who used...More

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We were lucky to attend the mass the archbishop celebrated. Crowded but nice and parishioners were most welcoming.

Thank camp219
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Jacky G
11 December 2015|
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
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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