Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
4.5
About
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.
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Address
Neighbourhood: City Center West
How to get there
  • 19th St • 6 min walk
  • 15th St • 8 min walk
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  • Justin O
    Newport News, Virginia22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church
    Powerful experience when we visited the Basilica on Good Friday. Beautiful mosaics and prayer grottos. Very different architectural style than most US cathedrals, and it has a fascinating story about its construction and early years. It's definitely worth the trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2023
  • yazdragonfly
    421 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Absolutely gorgeous! This is a wonderful place for prayer and meditation that can only be compared to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The breathtaking architecture includes numerous tall columns and elevated ceilings encased by walls decorated with beautiful stained glass windows. There is a central domed alter with marble columns and decorated with elaborate floral motifs. Beyond the columns on either side of the main aisle there are several confessionals that are draped in a dark red velvet. You’ll find several religious statues and tapestries throughout as well. Beautiful stop.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Shena
    Dexter, Missouri3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the time
    So beautiful! Amazing architecture. There wasn’t a gift shop, even though the sign says there is, and my husband was ushered out of the restroom. Definitely worth the time to look around on your own, light a candle, and give a donation. Metered paid parking on the same block was easily available.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous, serene cathedral
    This gorgeous, serene cathedral is a wonderful place to sit and reflect amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The architecture is breathtakingly beautiful, and even though this place is a tourist attraction as well as an active place of worship, it doesn't get too loud or overwhelming. I loved sitting here and taking some quiet time away from the chaos of the outer world.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 November 2023
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Chris P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful church with beautiful liturgies. If you’ve never been, definitely go at least once.

A treasure in Philadelphia.
Written 11 January 2024
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This gorgeous, serene cathedral is a wonderful place to sit and reflect amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The architecture is breathtakingly beautiful, and even though this place is a tourist attraction as well as an active place of worship, it doesn't get too loud or overwhelming. I loved sitting here and taking some quiet time away from the chaos of the outer world.
Written 4 November 2023
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Andrew T
272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Seeing the inside of this is really spectacular. Humongous ceilings probably 150 to 200‘ tall. Very opulent but very tasteful. Also very tranquil when you go in.

Overall 9.1/10
Written 29 September 2023
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Kath S
Saltaire, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful place to pray and reflect. Visited outside worship times but it is a very peaceful beautiful basilica that doesn’t have lots of visitors so prayer is so easy , unlike lots of other places of worship in big cities where visitors often disturb the peace!
Written 15 August 2023
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Shena
Dexter, MO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
So beautiful! Amazing architecture. There wasn’t a gift shop, even though the sign says there is, and my husband was ushered out of the restroom. Definitely worth the time to look around on your own, light a candle, and give a donation. Metered paid parking on the same block was easily available.
Written 20 July 2023
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ELKW
United States11,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
it's a beautiful church, very grand, the exterior is brick red color, it's beautiful no matter you take picture from which angle
Written 7 July 2023
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yazdragonfly
Ft. Lauderdale421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Absolutely gorgeous! This is a wonderful place for prayer and meditation that can only be compared to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The breathtaking architecture includes numerous tall columns and elevated ceilings encased by walls decorated with beautiful stained glass windows. There is a central domed alter with marble columns and decorated with elaborate floral motifs. Beyond the columns on either side of the main aisle there are several confessionals that are draped in a dark red velvet. You’ll find several religious statues and tapestries throughout as well. Beautiful stop.
Written 14 April 2023
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Justin O
Newport News, VA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Powerful experience when we visited the Basilica on Good Friday. Beautiful mosaics and prayer grottos. Very different architectural style than most US cathedrals, and it has a fascinating story about its construction and early years. It's definitely worth the trip.
Written 9 April 2023
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scottdavey46
Wesley Chapel, FL68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We took a quick walk through this stunning church. Was like visiting the basilica's of Italy. Worth the detour.
Written 17 March 2023
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Mike S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Went to mass last Sunday while visiting Philly. Church is so beautiful, felt like we were in Europe. Wow
Written 29 August 2022
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