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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
City Centre West
+1 215-561-1313
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 April 2013

While our family were in the Franklin Institute, we chose to visit this Cathedral and were very glad that we did so. Although it is a relatively recent build, in church terms, it was sympathetically built and stands up there with other Cathedrals we have...More

3  Thank lynnc185
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 November 2012

This is a beautiful cathedral on the outside; however, at 9:45 AM, it was locked. We therefore missed seeing the inside.

1  Thank jane p
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice cathedrale with beautiful ornaments. Worth visiting although it is a bit different as the ones you see in Europe

Thank josz134
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right across from my hotel. It's a unique building in the city. Beautiful inside, so quiet and peaceful

Thank samuel8248
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gorgeous church with its statues and stained glass. Make sure to look up in the back at the organ. And check out the side chapel with its light-filled stained glass windows as well.

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basilica is a beautiful cathedral in the classical European tradition. As you leave the vestibule and enter this solemn sanctuary you are immediately impressed with the majestic columns and ceiling. With lovely chapels on each side of the nave the sanctuary has clean lines,...More

Thank BearcatBob1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful historic Church. Lovely service . Amazing chior. I would say the whole experience was calming and uplifting.

Thank Rosanne H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful old church. They have kept it up well and it is definitely worth visiting while you are here. I would try to attend a service if possible rather than just walking in an . walking out.

Thank mpdan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my wife and child to this old church in Philadelphia. Old churches are often interesting with the stained glass and details inside.

Thank 713gwilcox
Reviewed 7 October 2018

The place to go when you are visiting Philly. Let's go there when you are heading to the Barnes Foundation or other museum in the art district - one more stop, but worth to take a while. Large church, beautiful stained glass, peace and quiet...More

Thank Michalja2013
Reviewed 5 October 2018

My wife and I stopped by this beautiful Cathedral while exploring Philadelphia. We spoke with a lovely couple who volunteer at the Church and provided us with interesting information. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis have made visits to this Cathedral. Located not...More

1  Thank RickyLeeca
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This is a great, free stop we stumbled across on our way to the art district. It is definitely worth taking time to stop. We aren't super-religious, but I imagine it would be very powerful for those who are, regardless of their particular faith. The...More

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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