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. Make Cathedral of Learning part of your personalized Pittsburgh itinerary using our Pittsburgh online travel planner .
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  • For such a building, gloriously towering over the rest of the University of Pittsburgh's sprawling campus, to be such a disappointment was disheartening. Surrendering a driving licence as a form of ph...  more »
  • The Cathedral of Learning is easily the most beautiful classroom building on any college campus. Each room is designed in the theme of a different country .  more »
  • Even if the nationality rooms aren't open, it is worth the time to walk the common areas in the building. The stone work and high ceilings are beautiful, have sketched here in my youth. Unknown if the...  more »
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  • If you are visiting Pittsburgh this place is must to see. Nice architecture, like from Harry Potter movies. Inside Nationality rooms which you can see with or without guide (I think $5 for). Around the holidays the rooms are decorated according to nation's customs. You will enjoy it!
  • You'll get lost in the maze of classrooms and other academic suites and areas in this amazing structure. You'll feel like you transported to another era. It is truly a work of art, and it's interesting reading about the building on the interactive screens as well. Beautiful grounds surround this building as well, so there are tons of photos available to take from the interior and exterior. Would highly recommend visiting at night.
  • This is a MUST SEE if you’re in Pittsburgh. I never get bored when I visit this place and can go a couple more times. The structure of it is magnificent both inside and outside. It has different country themed classes with audio description, music and you can even smell the difference in the rooms. It’s open to public on Saturdays. They close some classrooms at 2:30 and the rests are open till 4pm. So make sure you choose a time accordingly. And fon’t forget to charge your phone beforehand.
  • Great place for looking out around Pittsburgh specially during spring and fall. Perfect for taking graduation pictures. Unfortunately there isn't anyway to get higher than 36th floor. Neither access to outside balcony on upper floors.
  • The "CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING" has the most BEAUTIFUL View of OAKLAND & Parts of the City of PITTSBURGH. The NATIONALITY ROOMS have different Views of CHRISTMAS in their Countries & HOW they're CELEBRATED.🎄. I've had the PLEASURE to see these BEAUTIFUL Holiday Scenes.🎅. Different Groups bring DELICIOUS Samples of their Countries Delicacies also.🍞.

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