Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh

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    Heinz Memorial Chapel

    by Rabbityama Updated Dec 6, 2010

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    While the Cathedral of Learning dominates the Oakland area, just behind it sits the much smaller Heinz Chapel. Many visitors are intrigued by it as they go to and from the Cathedral, and it's worth a look if you have the time.

    The chapel looks quite interesting from the outside, as it is designed in the gothic fashion and the metal steeple extends far upward. When you look at it from a side angle, you'll notice how thin it is! It's rather surprising and strange, because the wide front makes you expect it to have more depth, but it is actually small and intimate.

    Inside you can see the large stained glass mirrors and get a look at the gothic interior. The Chapel was designed by a Philadelphia architect and most of the materials used inside and outside of the chapel are from Pennsylvania. If you look at the windows and other figures found on the Chapel, you should notice that not all of them are religious. Famous Americans are scattered about among the spiritual leaders!

    The Chapel is still used for religious services for the university students and it's an extremely popular place for weddings. If there is a wedding, you can't (or rather shouldn't) enter, but if there is not, visitors can enter for free.

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    Heinz Chapel

    by VeronicaG Updated Dec 12, 2008

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    My step sister was married in Heinz Chapel many years ago. The interior reminds one of those seen in Europe--as I remember, it was very cold in the chapel the day we gathered there for our family wedding. It's neo-Gothic style brings to mind romance and mystery!

    The chapel's 23 stained glass windows are among the tallest ever made; comprised of 250,000 pieces of glass, they are striking in their beauty. They were designed in the style of 13th century stained glass art, brought to the forefront once again by Western Pennsylvania artist, Charles J. Connick. This style became highly favored in the early part to the middle of the 20th century for religious and academic structures.

    Heinz Chapel was dedicated in 1938 to the memory of Henry John Heinz and his mother, Anna Margaretha Heinz. Architect Charles Z. Klauder from Philadelphia designed it in the French Gothic style meant to ressemble Saint-Chapelle in Paris.

    Tours are available Mon-Fri. 9am-12 Noon; 1 pm-4 pm and on Sun. 1pm-5pm. The structure is an interfaith chapel. Weddings, concerts, classes and other ceremonies can be scheduled there.

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    Heinz Memorial Chapel

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 5, 2007
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    This is a favorite place for people to pray and worship. It was founded by John Heinz, who was also founded the H.J. Heinz Foods. His will left a huge sum to build this. It was completed in 1938.

    Today, it's not only a beautiful building, but also a popular, interdenominational place for quiet prayer, contemplation, and special events such as weddings. It's like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris--rather small, but exquisitely beautiful.

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    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 2, 2007

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    Heinz Chapel is a beautiful gothic church on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. It was built in the 1930s with money provided by the city's wealthy Heinz family, who continue to provide funding for its ongoing upkeep. Heinz Chapel is open daily, and is used for religious services and concerts. It is also a very popular place to get married, particularly for alumni of the university.

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    Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh

    by yooperprof Updated Mar 29, 2004

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    Twentieth Century American homage to the great cathedrals of Europe, in the shadows of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. Interdenominational, the Heinz Memorial Chapel serves both the university community as well as greater Pittsburgh. This is a _very_ popular place for weddings and concerts - excellent acoustics. (I heard an unforgettable performance of the Bach B Minor Mass here.)

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    by Parklife Written Jun 18, 2003

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    Not only do they give us condiments, but the Heinz family also brought us one hell of a church. I'm not much the religious sort but Heinze Chapel is one site to behold. It's an interdenomonational church built in americanized neo-gothic architecture. Of note are the 73 foot tall transept stained glass windows (among the tallest in the world) depicting an equal number of men and women.

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