Cathedral of Learning Tours and Activities
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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
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Cathedral of Learning
Explore Pittsburgh in a flexible, comprehensive way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Cover 21 stops that include all of the city's highlights, stepping off the bus to explore further on your own whenever you like. Listen to commentary on board the bus that addresses the architecture, history, art, and culture of Pittsburgh.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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?
The best ways to experience Cathedral of Learning are:See all Cathedral of Learning experiences on Viator.
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