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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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Pittsburgh's downtown area is so packed with hotels it is often possible to get top rooms here at bargain prices. Bear in mind that most visitors to Pittsburgh want to stay in this central part of town, so you do need to look for discounts early and book well in advance. If you're visiting universities or other attractions outside of Pittsburgh itself, you can find comfortable airport accommodations just west of the city. Consider also the college neighborhood of Oakland, offering some of the least expensive rooms in Pittsburgh.
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  • For an excellent and free view of the Pittsburgh Skyline, go to the Cathedral of Learning on Pitt's campus. Take the elevator to the 36th floor. On the 3rd floor, there are rooms set aside for various...  more »
  • This is one of the most amazing 'learning' places I have ever visited. I am not sure whether the Nationality Rooms are listed separately, but they form an inherent part of this experience. This is a n...  more »
  • This is a super-cool attraction, if you like unique, one-of-a-kind, super-cool, I-can't-believe-they-thought-to-do-this way! 2nd tallest structure on a university campus (Moscow has the top billing). ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Cool place to check out, get a look inside the international School rooms, well worth the visit!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to explore and a very cheap trip around the world with the nationality rooms.