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St. Peter's Cathedral, Erie

#6 of 6 in Historic Sites in Erie
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
St. Peter Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located at 230 West 10th Street (at Sassafras Street) in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Plans for the building of St. Peter Cathedral were initiated in 1873 by Bishop Tobias Mullen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. The cornerstone was laid in a formal ceremony held on St. Peter in Chains Day (See General Roman Calendar as in 1954), 1 August 1875. After years of construction and a fundraising campaign that involved parishes throughout the diocese, the cathedral was completed in 1893. The architect was Patrick Keeley of Brooklyn, a prolific designer of churches whose works include 21 cathedrals in the eastern United States.
The cathedral is Gothic revival in the French Victorian tradition called Second Empire. Much of the stone for the foundation came from dismantling the locks of the Erie Extension Canal, which closed in 1871. The exterior consists of red sandstone from Medina, New York and white sandstone trim from Amherst, Ohio and Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
The central bell tower stands 265ft tall, while twin Norman style towers at 150ft each bracket the central tower. The bell tower contains a chime of twelve bells weighing 14 tons cast in 1903 by the Andrew Meneely Bell Foundry of West Troy, New York. The E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, New York, and Chicago, installed the clock in the tower, also in 1903.
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  • ... with its facade all lit up. Stands out like a regal giant ruling over the city. Probably just as magnificent on the inside. Another beautiful structure I have to admire from only the outside in....  more »
  • Worth the trip to see a fine cathedral, to sit and pray, and to see the deep colors of the windows. Very nice Pieta life size sculpture. Wish we could have heard the organ. Interesting baptismal...  more »
  • Father Mike is the best! I can’t wait for the construction to be done inside this cathedral either. I’m always impressed by the mass and feel comfortable at confession. Beautiful inside and out.
  • A beautiful land mark and a beautiful example of classic Catholic architecture. I'm not Catholic, but it's still very beautiful inside and out. And their choir on Christmas Eve is amazing 😍😍 😍

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