Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

Local nameCathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
LocationPhiladelphia, USA

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 Charles Chaput.

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Opening hours

A Cathedral Ambassador can be found most days in the Basilica to answer questions or to take you on a mini tour.
You can also download a free MP3 Audio Guide Tour which lasts 20 minutes.


Free admission.

A guided tour of the Basilica is offered after the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass.

More information and contact


Official website



Phone +1 215 561 1313

Address Race Street 1723

Coordinates 39°57'26.738" N -75°10'6.626" E

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