The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul is located on the Parkway. The cathedral of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was built in the mid 1800s. Its copper dome can be seen from afar. The inside is spacious and quite ornate, a cool spot on a hot summer day.
The Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is located at 1723 Race Street near the Ben Franklin Parkway and is one of the most impressive churches in the city. It is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles in Rome and dates to 1846 and its green dome is one of the architectural highlights of the many sights along the parkway between City Hall and the Philadelpiha Museum of Art.
In 1976, the 41st International Eucharistic Congress, and second ever held in the United States, was hosted by Philadelphia to coincide with the American Bicentennial year and the church was named a Basilica. In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited becoming the first active pontiff to visit Philadelphia.
The cathedral of Philadelphia was built between 1846 and 1864 in Italian renaissance style. It’s big but not really impressive (pic 1).
When I walked in (there was a very welcoming old man at the door) I liked the atmosphere of the interior (pic 2), it was as dark as in some orthodox European churches but the difference was that it was completely empty...
I took some pics (pics 3-4-5) of some of the churche’s statues, paintings and nice stained-glass windows. I’ve read that the acoustics are great but I didn’t attend any ceremony or something to check it out.
There’s no entrance fee and its open daily 7.00-17.00
If you like architecture, Cathedrals, etc, check this place out. It's gorgeous! It has beautiful stained glass, a huge dome, and lots to look at. This Cathedral Basilica, built in 1846, is modeled after San Carlo al Corso in Rome. It is of the Roman-Corinthian style of architecture.
The Church measures more than 250' in length, 136' in width, and 101' in height. The exterior of the building now weather-worn and pinkish in color, is of brownstone, which originally came from quarries of Connecticut and northern New Jersey. Like the green patina on the great copper dome, this coating on the stone, too, is a natural protection. The dome itself rises over 60'. The total height of the Cathedral is 209' to the top of the 11-foot gold cross. At their greatest diameters, the dome is 71', and the ball under the cross is 6'8".
The choir-stalls, the hand carved wooden screens which separate the sanctuary from the side altars, and the Cardinal’s throne are American black walnut. On the wall under the canopy of Cardinal Rigali’s coat of arms. The wooden screens were inspired by the famous metal rejeria of the Spanish Renaissance found in many cathedrals in Spain.
The pulpit, opposite the Cardinal’s throne, is octagonal in shape. It is constructed of imported marbles matching those in the altar and also has a carved walnut canopy. High above the choir stalls on each side of the sanctuary are stained glass windows. The window on the throne side bears the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XV; that on the pulpit side, the insignia of Archbishop Prendergast, UT SIM FIDELIS (May I be faithful). There are eight side altars in the Cathedral. The mosaic murals on the rear walls, designed by Leandro Velasco, were set in place to commemorate the 100th anniversary (1975) of Philadelphia as an archdiocese.