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Cathedral of Learning

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Neighbourhood: North Oakland
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Address: University of Pittsburgh, 4200 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
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+1 412-624-6000

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35th floor offers great, free views

Really a great 360 degree panorama of the city and rivers and hills in the distance. We went on a clear weekday so missed touring the international rooms as there are classes... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really a great 360 degree panorama of the city and rivers and hills in the distance. We went on a clear weekday so missed touring the international rooms as there are classes. Visit on a weekend to also see those.

Thank lindasun
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Pitt kids call the cathedral "Cathy." She's actually not a cathedral at all but the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere. The main lobby is a gothic masterpiece, it'll remind you of Hogwarts. Nationality rooms (30 of them?) are scattered on several floors and line at least one side of the grand lobby. Stop at the info desk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I decided to visit Pittsburgh for the first time and let's just say the Cathedral of Learning is a must see! The only downside is that if you're there at a busy time several other people will be in the rooms with you and it makes hearing the self guided tour recorder hard to hear. However, that's... More 

Thank Kate N
poconos, pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gothic building in the center of Pitt. Reminiscent of Harry Potter. Can always find your way back by looking up.

Thank paris4me
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral of Learning is a 42 story tower on the main Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Commons Room is a four-stores room that has a deliciously spooky Gothic atmosphere that reminds many of Hogwart's in the Harry Potter novels. But this one is real and accessible,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See this place - it is fascinating, overwhelming, beautiful, and oddly oppressive, all at the same time. A human-made wonder of construction and design. International rooms are awesome too.

Thank Carrie C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

visited on a Saturday. The international rooms are on the 3rd floor. Not all are open on Saturdays. Some rooms have students or meetings using them. Hit the audio button in each room to get details and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is also a must to see inside. The windows are beautiful. Must say it does leave a cold feeling. Many wedding have been held here.

Thank Dolores W
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cathedral of Learning looks strange from the outside, but is stunning as soon as you walk in the door. I can only imagine what it must be like as a student here to work and study in this incredible environment. Some of my colleagues even said it was like walking into the world of Harry Potter!

Thank AlnAbroad
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Incredible Gothic style building that houses the University of Pittsburgh Cultural rooms as well as a world class installation of Samuel Yellin's turn of the century metal work. Breathtakingly high vaulted ceilings and 42 floors of classrooms. Be adventurous and walk to the top like the training hikers do or take the elevators for spectacular views of surrounding Oakland.

Thank ToonPgh

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