Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on the east side of Logan Square in Philadelphia. It was built between 1846 and 1864, and was designed by Napoleon LeBrun, from original plans by the Reverend Mariano Muller and the Reverend John B. Tornatore, with the dome and Palladian facade, designed by John Notman, added after 1850. The interior was largely decorated by Constantino Brumidi.

The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The cathedral has been the site of two papal Masses, one celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979, and the other by Pope Francis in 2015. The current rector of the cathedral is the Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill and the current archbishop of Philadelphia is Nelson J. Perez.
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  • The volunteer organization the Legion of Mary reserved the Basilica for a 100th Anniversary Mass. The Basilica is stunning with great acoustics. We had about 300 in attendance and all went well and...  more »
  • We went to the Basilica to see it. It was beautiful. We were there on Corpus Christi Sunday, and we were in a procession outside around a few blocks. It was a nice Sunday.  more »
  • The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is located near the Sister City Park among other prominent historic buildings and only a few minutes walk from the City Hall. During my visit, the...  more »
  • Amazing Cathedral! What you might expect to see in any city in Europe. My wife and I were given a wonderful tour by Santos (hope I'm remembering the name correctly). He was a fountain of knowledge and information about the church and events surrounding it. Hope we might meet again, and as recommend, we will try and visit again on the 11th of December, after we return from our trip. Thank you for your time and attention!
  • This is one of the great Cathedral Basilicas of the East Coast. Even if you're not a Catholic you will want to come in and quietly take in the great work of mid 19th c. craftsmen and artists. It took almost 20 years to build. They don't build them like this any more. Pope Frances celebrated Mass here in September 2015. We were here for an evening High Latin Mass and then stayed right across the street at the Hilton. All Are Welcome in This Place
  • This is a very beautiful and historic Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia. I came here for mass when I was visiting Philadelphia, and I found the church to be absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit. The priest here if you have a great homily as well. Most importantly, the church feels like it is air-conditioned and cool even when it is very hot outside.
  • A beautiful church in the middle of the city. When entering it's silent and peaceful. So worth the visit to pray. Just put your cameras down and cell phones and allow for the peace of Christ present to speak to your heart.
  • A quiet place to reflect and pray for sure. You can also walk about the cathedral looking at the different altarpieces, memorial plaques, etc. There's even a shop off the right side where you can check out and buy jewelry, statuettes, etc. You may also get to go to mass during the week in the chapel, or in the cathedral itself on Sundays. They also provide guided tours during the week, contact the cathedral for more info.

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