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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  • The industrial past of Pittsburgh fell behind and ceded space to a vibrant University and cultural scenario. The University of Pittsburgh today occupies much of the city and is one of the largest local employers. The site has large wooded outdoor areas and relaxing, with those students who are gramadões traditional well inviting to an afternoon of studies – or on a picnic! But the jewel of the place is the Cathedral of learning: an imposing building of 36 floors of a memorable architecture. The interior will make you feel getting into the enchanted world of Harry Potter! The building also have classrooms with features from different countries of the world – the Nationality Rooms-that expose educational customs and traditions of each location. Not to be missed! In this University complex is also located the Petersen Events Center — the stadium that hosts the basketball team of the city – the Pitt Panthers.
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  • I have seen some unique learning facilities but this one will always remain embedded in my memory. It's nothing like I've seen before. Try to get as high as possible for an awesome view. It's pretty e...  more »
  • The Cathedral of Learning is a unique feature of the University of Pittsburgh campus. It was meant to make the campus stand out and it does. The interior reminds you of a castle with many nationality ...  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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