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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"
in 9 reviews
"logan square"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 17 reviews
"benjamin franklin parkway"
in 10 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"across the street"
in 17 reviews
"art museum"
in 15 reviews
"catholic"
in 70 reviews
"pope"
in 28 reviews
"prayer"
in 25 reviews
"choir"
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"roman"
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"worship"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was confirmed at this cathedral. My brother was married there. It's beautiful and has so much history. I love driving past it and sometimes I still take the time to go in and light a candle.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely cool interlude on a hot day. Very well cared for and maintained. Lit a candle for family and friends

Thank MairtinD
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to stop by and visit here. It is absolutely beautiful on the inside. There was a friendly staff to help out with any questions, etc. Worth the stop.

Thank Vicki A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was recommended that we should see the inside of this beautiful Basilica and it did not disappoint. It is quite stark outside but wonderfully decorated inside in a quite typical Catholic manner. There is an audio tour that you can use with your smart...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the Philadelphia Boys' Choir performance in the cathedral which we thoroughly enjoyed. The great music was enhanced by the beautiful setting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visited, a wedding was taking place in the cathedral. We were able to hear the amazing pipe organ and a woman singing Ava Maria. The acoustics were incredible. We waited for the wedding party to depart prior to entering. The architecture and symbolism...More

Thank UCFma66
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This basilica is not only one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever been to but THE CHOIR is out of this world. They sound like Angels!!! They brought tears to my eyes over and over again. I have never heard a choir in...More

Thank Melissa L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful cathedral. Wonderful mosaics. Beautifully fresh, because although it is not very old it contains the sanctity de of great Catholic Churches in Europe. Definitely worth looking at

Thank Ge S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the outside fo this building and while we tried every door, between loc ked gates and locked doors, we could not find a way get in at 11 AM on Memorial Day, which was a pity since it looked as if the Church...More

Thank Marguerite a
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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful cathedral. My wife and I spent about 20 minutes in it. Very close to all the other attractions and I highly recommend you stop by if you're in the area. It's free to visit and makes you feel like it takes you back...More

Thank SanAntonioREALTOR
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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
29 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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lkb1954
14 July 2015|
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not unless you have an invitation/ticket
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