Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh
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 .
Cathedral of Learning Reviews
We went through "Cathy" on our tour of Pitt this past weekend, and what a place! We were amazed by the sheer size and beauty of this 42-floor tower, built like an old cathedral. It is definitely worth... more »
Every time we visit this magnificent structure, we play a game with any new visitors. One persons stands in front pf the plaque on the door identifying which ethnic group within Pittsburgh that room w... more »
The Cathedral of Learning, or "Cathy" as locals call it, is an impressive building in every way. From outside the structure is great and has a presence over the region. Inside, the nationality rooms are the highlight of the visit. If you're a culture buff you'll love learning about all the details in each room. Each one of them is modelled after a different culture, such as German, French, Irish, Turkish etc. Sometimes the students have classes in the rooms though, during which you can't enter. There's also an audio guide you can take to learn even more about them.
The Cathedral of Learning is undoubtedly one of the best features on Pitt's campus. When you walk in, you feel like you're in Hogwarts. The architecture is beautiful, and the inside is usually serene and quiet as students are studying. There are also dozens of nationality rooms, designed by various ethnic communities in conjunction with Pitt. They can be toured on Sundays, free to the public. I love the Cathedral!
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