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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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Build with school children's pennies and housing nationality rooms: a must see place

Yes, this should be a place that tourists visit when spending a day in Oakland and visiting The Phipps and The Carnegie. The most important thing is to see the Nationality rooms... read more

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Paulhan, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, this should be a place that tourists visit when spending a day in Oakland and visiting The Phipps and The Carnegie. The most important thing is to see the Nationality rooms -- they are unique in their concept and their design -- they're a bit like classrooms would be in the traditional schools of each respective country. Full disclosure:... More 

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Laguna Hills, California, United States
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend kept insisting we go here(she went to Pitt), but it didn't seem that exciting to me. But let me tell you, this place is incredible. There is so much detail in the walls, stunning.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The majestic beauty in the center of Oakland. Can be seen from "everywhere". Housing classes, and great Nationality rooms in a gothic setting.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour the many International rooms filled with history and artifacts. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable and explain the history of each room. Quite a wonderful place to visit.

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Findlay, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free and wonderful way to spend a day in Pittsburgh Each of the rooms (working classrooms at University of Pittsburgh) represents a different country. The furniture, artwork, artifacts even floors and ceilings are native to the country depicted. There is an audio narrative explaining the room details and culture represented

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A most impressive structure! Pitt students have an opportunity to take classes in rooms that were adopted and then decorated by countries from all over the world. Some rooms were dated as far back as 1938 (that I observed). Take the time to walk around and peek into them, their cultures come alive.

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Massachusett
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

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 20 February 2017 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 

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poconos, pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

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

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