Cathedral of Learning Tours
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Standing tall on the University of Pittsburgh campus, the Cathedral of Learning is a Late Gothic Revival structure that has become an icon of Pittsburgh listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Corners of the cathedral are decorated with elegant Gothic details. In fact, it is the second largest building with Gothic architecture in the world.
With 42 stories made of Indiana limestone and more than 2,000 rooms, the tower serves as the main university building of both classrooms and administrative offices. 30 rooms in particular remain a draw for visitors; they’re called the Nationality Rooms. Each represents a piece of Pittsburgh’s history, celebrating culture and influence dating back to 1787 when the university was founded.
The Nationality Rooms are themed with international heritage ranging in diversity from Early American and French to Chinese and Greek. They are fascinating to explore, almost like living museums, and often designed by architects abroad to reflect the art and traditions of each culture they represent. Collectively they tell the story of the many cultures that influenced the modern city Pittsburgh is today.
The Cathedral of Learning is located at Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd. on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of the city. The entrance to the Nationality Rooms is on Fifth Ave. They’re open Monday to Friday from 9 am - 2:30 pm (last tour) on Saturdays from 9 am - 2:30 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 8-18.
Address: 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, USA
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-2:30pm (last tour), and Sun 11:00am-2:30pm
Admission: Adults: $4; Children: $2
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Immerse yourself into this second urban center besides Downtown Pittsburgh, completely off the beaten paths, and learn about the historical importance of Oakland as a new "city beautiful" with its remarkable buildings and dominating structures. They are now the core of the big museum complex of the Carnegie Museums, the University of Pittsburgh and the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon-University. We will explore majestic relics of the former heyday of this area. The heritage of important Pittsburgh figures will be our focus while walking down side streets along fabulous mansions and beautiful churches. - Our tour guides are locals who truly love their city, they are very knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for you if you are particularly interested in something. Groups are kept small to provide a personal experience. Kids and dogs are welcome as well!
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Cathedral of Learning hours of operation?
Cathedral of Learning hours of operation: Mon-Sat 9:00am-2:30pm (last tour), and Sun 11:00am-2:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Cathedral of Learning?
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