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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” (34 reviews)
“light a candle” (13 reviews)
“sunday mass” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Centre West
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+1 215-561-1313
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"stained glass"
in 34 reviews
"light a candle"
in 13 reviews
"sunday mass"
in 12 reviews
"main altar"
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"logan square"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 17 reviews
"benjamin franklin parkway"
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"awe inspiring"
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"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"across the street"
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"art museum"
in 15 reviews
"catholic"
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"pope"
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"prayer"
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"choir"
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"roman"
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I was visiting for a conference and stayed at the Sheraton and walked over for Palm Sunday mass at 6:30 pm (very convenient time when at a conference) . I was greeted by a lovely lady welcoming me to the basilica. The mass was beautiful...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Staying across the street and went to visit the cathedral on our way to other sites. It is a massive church, has some neat history, beautiful stained glass with a violet color i don't think I have seen before even in Rome. Is a great...More

2  Thank WilliamsHomes
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Went to mass here on Sunday morning and it was just beautiful! This is one of the most beautiful churches we have ever visited. We spent the weekend in Philly and just had to make sure we stopped here. It is amazing that such a...More

1  Thank Anna6092018
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Well decorated basilica. It would be nice to have descriptions written next to the different pieces to understand what it was.

1  Thank Frenchhoosier
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

This Basilica is so architecturally beautiful. You must turn your head in all directions to see the beauty from the ceilings to the walls, the altars, etc., etc. Such a moving experience. You do not have to be a Catholic to appreciate the beauty of...More

Thank SandyCanton_CT
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

It is worth taking a few minutes to visit this beautiful Church. It is a 10 minute walk from the Convention Center. The Ceilings are impressive and high. The Altars and Icons around the Church are beautiful. The Stain Glass is set high on the...More

Thank Ken R
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Huge awesome church that is free and has a gift shop. Highly recommend for a quick stop. Conveniently located among city center

Thank Jon W
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I have had the opportunity to be able to attend services at the Cathedral several times, some happy and some very sad. The architecture of the Cathedral is unbelievable. It is well worth a visit.

Thank Cathy M
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

A good friend recommended a visit - we were humbled by the Cathedral’s architecture and homage to our Lord.

Thank Thomas D
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We came for a short visit on our way to Rocky and Museum of Art. The exterior is nice, but the interior was wonderful. Such beautiful decorations, marble, canopy and stained glass.

Thank B1714D
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Jacky G
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Response from FRIBOB | Reviewed this property |
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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.
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14 July 2015|
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not unless you have an invitation/ticket
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