Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh

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Cathedral of Learning is the centerpiece of University of Pittsburgh's main campus. The Gothic-style building towers at 163 m (535 ft), making it the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere. Explore inside to discover its study lounges, event hall, and food court. The building is famous for its nationality rooms; each is designed to celebrate a culture that has had an influence on Pittsburgh's growth, such as the African Heritage room, English room, and Chinese room. Be sure to head to the top floor for superb views of Pittsburgh. You can pick up an audio guide at the gift shop for more information about this remarkable building. Please note that some rooms might not be accessible during your visit if classes are in session. Add Cathedral of Learning to your Pittsburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pittsburgh travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 13, 2017
    A must see. The cathedral itself is beautiful. On the first and third floor area the nationality rooms. You can pay 4$ to see each room created with artifacts from that country. Amazing views.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Pittsburg is a lovely place and there are so many interesting places to go. We were given a tour of this unique academic building and it was a pleasure.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Interesting building. A floor for every country? Or a room? Reminded me of the tower of babel. It is not really a tourist attraction as much as a building on campus.  more »
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  • March 3, 2017
    Best school ever, wonderful professors, and challenging courses. The nationality rooms are beautiful! I have had many undergraduate courses in these rooms. The strict rules are you must not touch any artifact in the room, move any furniture, or leave any trash behind. The 36th floor houses the honors college, and a beautiful view of the city! The building just renovated their elevator system, now they are much faster and efficient! There is a computer lab and Cafe in the basement. There are plenty of places for you to study in this building!
  • June 15, 2017
    Cool place to check out, get a look inside the international School rooms, well worth the visit!
  • January 30, 2017
    The grounds are lovely for walking around. The first floor is an elegant cathedral space with plenty of tables for students. The perimeter of the first floor has the Nationality Rooms which are a delight to stroll through. There is also a testing center where various people take GRE's and other tests. The basement contains an eating area. Upper floors contain various Pitt offices. The highest public floor is 36, and you are allowed to go there to see the surrounding Oakland, Hill District, and CMU campus.
  • January 10, 2017
    Amazing architecture. When I walked in, it looked like Hogwarts and the view from the top was amazing too. Great for students to come in and study.
  • March 29, 2017
    Great place to explore and a very cheap trip around the world with the nationality rooms.

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