Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning
4.5

Top ways to experience Cathedral of Learning and nearby attractions

The area
Neighbourhood: North Oakland
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, Texas820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great story
    I gave a five star review for the nationality rooms which are in this building so decided to this too, hoping to lead anyone away from the reality that one is in the other. The grand study hall is a delight and I could live there. But there was very little else on what one could do there other than take a tour of the international rooms. Signage for visitors was not easy to find. So, five stars for what it is rather than for how it presents itself.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 1 May 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California562 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop by if you're in the area
    This is the tallest university building in the Western Hemisphere, and it's claim to fame are its nationality rooms, representing the different cultural groups that make up Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, there were no tours available when I was there, and you could peer into just one of the rooms. Even so, it was still cool to walk around the cavernous Commons Room. I wouldn't make a special trip here, but it's nice to admire the collegiate Gothic architecture for a few minutes if you're in the Oakland neighborhood.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Kelly B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating!
    This place alone would make Pittsburgh worth a visit; I don’t think there’s anyplace else like it, anywhere! Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and the rooms were beautiful, highly varied, and fascinating. Normally the tours are limited to a dozen or so rooms, so we may visit again at holiday time, because our guide told us that all of the rooms are decorated for the holidays, and they’re all open for visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Dede K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building!
    Though we have only gotten to experience the outside, this building has an absolutely gorgeous exterior! Fountains, flowers, stone stairs, etc…We had an up close and personal view during a game of CluedUpp this past summer. I loved being able to snap a few photos that can look back on as part of our time in the city. I hope to make a trip inside in the future!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,845 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique temple of learning.
    Visible from the great distance this 1926 skyscraper and Pittsburgh’s major landmark was designed to be a true cathedral of learning. Distinctive, stylized neo gothic vertical design is eye pleasing and exciting. Visiting the interior was indeed similar to visiting a European cathedral. Very high cellings in many areas , somewhat dark interiors, spaces filled with modern day students . Walking through the first floor you come out to see the opposing structures of the complex and the backyard . Step into some of the adjacent rooms. The details and accessorizing are impressive. It is good to see the students everywhere hard at their work.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles980 reviews
Excellent
686
Very good
239
Average
44
Poor
3
Terrible
7

podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visible from the great distance this 1926 skyscraper and Pittsburgh’s major landmark was designed to be a true cathedral of learning. Distinctive, stylized neo gothic vertical design is eye pleasing and exciting. Visiting the interior was indeed similar to visiting a European cathedral. Very high cellings in many areas , somewhat dark interiors, spaces filled with modern day students . Walking through the first floor you come out to see the opposing structures of the complex and the backyard . Step into some of the adjacent rooms. The details and accessorizing are impressive. It is good to see the students everywhere hard at their work.
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dede K
Pittsburgh, PA236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Though we have only gotten to experience the outside, this building has an absolutely gorgeous exterior! Fountains, flowers, stone stairs, etc…We had an up close and personal view during a game of CluedUpp this past summer. I loved being able to snap a few photos that can look back on as part of our time in the city. I hope to make a trip inside in the future!
Written 16 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kelly B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This place alone would make Pittsburgh worth a visit; I don’t think there’s anyplace else like it, anywhere! Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and the rooms were beautiful, highly varied, and fascinating. Normally the tours are limited to a dozen or so rooms, so we may visit again at holiday time, because our guide told us that all of the rooms are decorated for the holidays, and they’re all open for visiting.
Written 25 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mamathoma
Ada, MI257 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were disappointed that on the day of our visit (a weekday in July), none of the Nationality classrooms were open to view. We could look in one room in the interior of the building, but no classrooms. There also was no one at the gift/visitor area although the light was on (we did look through a book on display and the rooms looked really interesting). The staff near the elevators were no help about when the Nationality rooms might be open (actually said they were located on floors 1-5) . We did take the elevator to the top (almost the top) to take in the view, but overall we’re disappointed the rooms were not open and we could not get any information about when they might be able to be seen.
Written 24 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

phvi2617
Anaheim, CA562 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is the tallest university building in the Western Hemisphere, and it's claim to fame are its nationality rooms, representing the different cultural groups that make up Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, there were no tours available when I was there, and you could peer into just one of the rooms.

Even so, it was still cool to walk around the cavernous Commons Room. I wouldn't make a special trip here, but it's nice to admire the collegiate Gothic architecture for a few minutes if you're in the Oakland neighborhood.
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ElvisAndrus
Arlington, TX820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I gave a five star review for the nationality rooms which are in this building so decided to this too, hoping to lead anyone away from the reality that one is in the other. The grand study hall is a delight and I could live there. But there was very little else on what one could do there other than take a tour of the international rooms. Signage for visitors was not easy to find. So, five stars for what it is rather than for how it presents itself.
Written 1 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ryan G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
What a beautiful place! PITT is very lucky to display this on their campus! This is a once in a lifetime place to see.
Written 1 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jennifer K
Duncansville, PA32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Located in the heart of Oakland, the structure is stunning, both inside and out. We scheduled a tour of the Nationality Rooms - a must do! Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Be sure to let the tour know if there is a specific room you would like see while on your tour. Definitely plan to spend about 2 hours here.
Written 9 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kshojo
Elizabethtown, PA107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We took our family here, couldn’t see many of the rooms. Took the elevator up to the 36th floor, which you can do on the weekends. The view is nice but overall the experience does not feel worth the hassle of parking.
Written 11 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tia B
Morgantown, WV309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Visited here the day that they had a culture fair. We went to many rooms of the building where the different countries had exhibits. The rooms were beautiful. The Hungarian room had beautiful stained glass windows. The building is huge. the different countries had items for sale in the corridors. Prices were reasonable. We visited late in the afternoon so didnt get to see the entire building but were extremely impressed with what all it offered. Students go there and study as well.
Hope to go back in 2023. Would highly recommend seeing this beautiful building which is a Pittsburgh landmark.
Written 15 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 914
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Cathedral of Learning


Restaurants near Cathedral of Learning: View all restaurants near Cathedral of Learning on Tripadvisor

All Pittsburgh HotelsPittsburgh Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Pittsburgh
All things to do in Pittsburgh
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire