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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%
  • Terrible1%
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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 13 July 2017

We were in the downtown area and just being a tourist. As you stroll the city and stop and admire the beauty around you it is easy to fall in love with the city and it's rich history.

Thank wanderingtraveler707
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This church was recommended to me by friends. Simply beautiful inside. Even if you are not Catholic you have to appreciate how gorgeous this church is. It's very large and you need to walk around the whole inside to see everything. The only thing that...More

Thank CatsChi
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We are not a religious couple but went to see the Basilica to see the beauty of the building. It is beautiful . A very calming place.

Thank PaVistor19460
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We saw this Cathedral as were riding the Phlash. It looked to impressive to pass up. It is a beautiful and awe-inspiring place. It is no wonder The Pope visited this cathedral, this church is worthy of any church in Rome or else where. A...More

Thank Carlo C
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This was a great place to stop and see a wonderful building with lovely stained glass murals. It was a peaceful place and was just nice to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. We visited this on the way to the LDS temple a couple blocks...More

Reviewed 3 July 2017

The Pope visited this cathedral recently. It is old and historic with beautiful architecture. It has several altars and lots of beautiful sculptures and glass.

Thank Judith K
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

I was in townwith my daughter and we enjoyed a Sunday morning mass. Free parking was available on the premises. The church itself was simply majestic and beautiful! Highly recommend a visit.

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 27 June 2017

As beautiful as some the European Cathedrals. A magnificent, peaceful space. Well worth visiting, on the way to the Art Museum.

Thank waterboy1368
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We actually went to a service which was really awesome. Felt very welcome despite being a visitor. Even if you don't want to go to a service, visit for the architecture!

1  Thank lisa h
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Expansive, airy/fresh, and nicely done church. A pleasant, sharp contrast to the typically dark, musty "must see" churches in Europe. Air conditioning an unexpected treat on a hot, humid day. Worth a visit!

1  Thank CharlieinTexas
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Jacky G
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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