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Visiting the Cathedral of Learning

Hey everyone! Posts about Pittsburgh were promised, and here they are! This is the first.  So during out 24-hour Pittsburgh trip, Kathleen and I stopped to check out one of the colleges. There are three colleges that we had heard of in the Pittsburgh area: the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Carlow University. The signature building at the University of Pittsburgh is the Cathedral of Learning.

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The Cathedral of Learning was commissioned in 1921 by Pitt Chancellor John G. Bowman. It has forty-two stories and is 535 feet tall. It’s the final word on Gothic-style architecture. In the Cathedral Commons Room, the ceilings are Fifty-two feet (four stories) high.

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In addition to the Commons Room, there are twenty-seven Nationality Rooms. The Nationality Rooms “represent the cultures of various ethnic peoples that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by those cultural groups and governments.”
[Quote and image (of the German Room) courtesy of http://www.tour.pitt.edu/tour-categories/cathedral-of-learning?page=8%5D
There are a ton of awesome departments and groups that we didn’t get to see in-depth, but hey, I only covered about five out of the forty-two floors. One thing that I found kind of funny was that when you rode the elevator up to the top floor, your ears would pop about halfway up :P.


In case you were curious, the fountain in the picture is called Pan and Sweet Harmony. Here’s a better view:

That’s all for now! I really had a blast touring the campus with Kathleen. If you want to learn even more about the college itself, feel free to check it out at http://www.pitt.edu/

Our next post will feature the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art!

~Elizabeth and Kathleen



One thought on “Visiting the Cathedral of Learning

  1. Pittsburgh is my favorite city. Grandpa Sant grew up in Pittsburgh. His dad (your great-great grandfather) was a policeman for the City of Pittsburgh. He and Grandma Sant met while students at Carnegie Mellon–then Carnegie Institute of Technology. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1948.

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