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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%
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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 4 weeks ago

We love visiting churches on our vacations, so we had to stop into the Cathedral. It is gorgeous! Doesn't take long to walk around and there are a few docents roaming if you want to ask questions. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the...More

Thank amiller808
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is probably the most beautiful house of worship I have ever been in. It is worth the stop. Be sure to go inside the interior is much more impressive than the exterior.

Thank FrankandJenn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday Mass was in order with the family since we were staying across the street at the Logan Hotel. We attended the 9:30 am mass since we had traveling plans later on the day. This stunning, historic, church is beautifully kept, with high ceilings and...More

Thank msdet1529
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attended a wedding there. The Cathedral is magnificent. The music was amazing. It's worth a visit just to see the pure beauty inside.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our first visit to a cathedral of any kind. Our children were not particularly interested in what the docent had to say so we did not ask questions. Many people were though. People are seen bowed in prayer as well as taking in...More

Thank Fairbornmom
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My wife and I stayed across the street from this church and found out it was open to the public. So we ventured over to take a peek. As we entered we realized that mass was ongoing so we turned to leave. An usher came...More

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I love history and especially Catholic history. Went to Sunday mass and took a tour. Absolutely gorgeous! You cannot help be be inspired.

Thank DonnaDonna W
Reviewed 15 July 2017

This beautiful Cathedral happened to be across the street from the Embassy Suites, the hotel we were staying at while in Philadelphia. We walked over to take a look and were in awe of its beauty!

Thank tigerv68
Reviewed 14 July 2017

What can I say, I am a church junkie, and I was not dissappointed. Sitting amongst so many historical spots this cathedral is a gem to visit. Just beautiful.

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We were looking for a place to park the car and stumbled upon the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. When you walk through the doors the first thing you see is the amazing altar at the end of a long aisle. it is...More

Thank MRO_13
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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
28 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