Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

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The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on the east side of Logan Square in Philadelphia. It was built between 1846 and 1864, and was designed by Napoleon LeBrun, from original plans by the Reverend Mariano Muller and the Reverend John B. Tornatore, with the dome and Palladian facade, designed by John Notman, added after 1850. The interior was largely decorated by Constantino Brumidi.

The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The cathedral has been the site of two papal Masses, one celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979, and the other by Pope Francis in 2015. The current rector of the cathedral is the Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill and the current archbishop of Philadelphia is Nelson J. Perez.
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  • Absolutely beautiful cathedral in center city Philly just past LOVE park right on the Blvd. if you’re in the area it’s a must visit to see how beautiful it is inside. It is a bit deceiving from the... 
    Absolutely beautiful cathedral in center city Philly just past LOVE park right on the Blvd. if you’re in the area it’s a must visit to see how beautiful it is inside. It is a bit deceiving from the...  more »
  • The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania. Construction on the cathedral began in the second half of 1846 but was not completed until 1864. The cathedral was listed on the U.S... 
    The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania. Construction on the cathedral began in the second half of 1846 but was not completed until 1864. The cathedral was listed on the U.S...  more »
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  • From the outside, the Basilica is very deceiving. It does not look large, being dwarfed by the larger skyscrapers surrounding it. The interior is breathtaking! The side altars are beautifully arranged and the artwork throughout is tasteful and spiritual. The highlight is the grave of St. Katharine Drexel.

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