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Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh

#7 of 26 in Museums in 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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  • Currently the Cathedral is only open to students and not guests and visitors. I still have it 4 stars because itโ€™s a really cool old building and is home to the Nationality rooms.  more »
  • An amazing building on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The Gothic design is very good and the inside of the building is interesting as well.  more »
  • When I was invited on a trip to Pittsburgh I wasn't very excited about visiting the nationality rooms at the Cathedral of Learning. That's likely because I was imagining something different. Our group's tour guide (John) was so entertaining. He was well informed and great to listen to. Unfortunately my group had limited time and we were only able to see a small fraction of the rooms- mostly European ones. They were stunning, as is the building. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to see them. The tour guide says the rooms are decorated for Christmas time with authentic traditions. That would certainly be something to see! If you get the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh, this should be on your list, but please give yourself a few hours to explore! Or at the very least take a few moments to appreciate the architecture inside and out.
  • I've traveled a decent amount and this is still one of the most gorgeous buildings I've ever been to. A beautiful gothic gem, standing high over Oakland, it catches your eye no matter how many times you've seen it. Touring the building alone would be amazing. Add in the Nationality Rooms and you have a unique, unforgettable day ahead of you. The rooms are all designed to look as authentic as possible. They have real items from those countries with nice paragraphs explaining them. They host a holiday open house each year and it's an event I would hate to miss. It's PACKED but you still have room to explore everything there is to offer. Each room is decorated in that country's winter holiday with a volunteer in traditional dress that explains how each country celebrates. The great hall has performances and food that is to die for. This is key for anyone visiting Pittsburgh.

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