This chapel, a landmark on the University of Pittsburgh's campus, was erected as a memorial of the Heinz family. The Heinz family, one of the major producers of ketchup and condiments in the United States, lived and started their now world-renowned business in Pittsburgh. The family still funds many scholarships and services at the university. The chapel is non-denominational and holds a variety of services, weddings, and concerts. See the website for details on special events.
Towering at the center of the University of Pittsburgh is the 42-story high Late Gothic Revival Cathedral known as the Cathedral of Learning. A modern-day Pittsburgh landmark, this architectural wonder was built in 1934 and is the second tallest university building in the world. One of the most photographed landmarks of the city, the tower is also renowned for housing the Nationality Rooms. The rooms portray various cultures from the world that have influenced the growth of the city.
Located just about 3 miles (4.9 kilometers) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Mount Washington is primarily an imposing hill overlooking the river valley. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and its bridges. Home to many thriving businesses and popular restaurants, Mount Washington is often ranked amongst the most scenic places in the United States.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is one of the best in the country, where each enclosure is spacious enough to allow the animal to roam freely while also allowing good views for visitors. The best part is that one can get up close with polar bears, primates and other exotic animals. Experienced handlers and stringent maintenance of every space add to the experience. The zoo is deeply involved with the conservation of nearly extinct flora, fauna and animal life. Moreover, you can use facilities such as scooter rides, adult strollers, wheelchairs, safari jeeps, carouse rides, tram rides and more.
Over five acres (2.02 hectares) of lawns, gardens and historic buildings make up the Frick Art and Historical Center, which is adjacent to part of the sprawling Frick Park. Landmarks in the center include the Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, Clayton House, a greenhouse, an education center, a museum shop, and a cafe.
Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh is a renovated outdoor plaza that is very popular with the locals. The square has a variety of restaurants, including the famous Primanti Brothers restaurant. Many people enjoy eating at the gazebo in the square or out in the sunshine. The square is an interesting mixture of historic and modern architecture, with some buildings dating back to 1821.
The Fourth Avenue Historic District was once a thriving commercial hub of the city. The district still features many historic buildings that are a part the area's history. PGP Place, Allegheny County Office Building, Dollar Bank, Grant Building are few of the many buildings that are still intact. It featured in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The sleek skyline of this university town unfolds along the confluence of the three rivers of Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela. A city that underwent a cultural renaissance after World War II, Pittsburgh was known for its booming steel industry that flourished through the sixties, only to collapse in the following decades. A few vestiges of the city's steely past still manifest in landmarks like the U.S. Steel Tower, a vertiginous skyscraper that compellingly reminds one and all about its once-thriving industry. Unfazed in the wake of its steel industry's unfortunate decline, Pittsburgh moved its focus to other industries and services like education, medicine and technology. Today, Pittsburgh's diverse cultural scene is fueled by eminent universities like the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University that draws students from around the globe. Pittsburgh also hosts an eclectic array of architecture, from turn-of-the-century stone structures and government buildings, to semblances of Gothic Revival architecture immortalized in landmarks like the Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning. Besides a colorful history and a volatile industry past, Pittsburgh boasts of a wonderful cultural milieu that spans a vibrant arts and music scene, a bevy of museums, a riveting culinary tenet, and an undying passion for local sports.
The history of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh can be traced all the way back to 1773. The congregation originally gathered for prayer and worship within a simple log structure, before its growing size could no longer be accommodated within the humble structure. The current church building was constructed in 1903 and is the fourth to have been built for the First Presbyterian Church. Although the building itself is replete with elegant and intricate architectural details, what it is best known for is its impressive collection of over 250 stained glass and leaded windows.Most notable of these are the 13 windows designed and installed by the Tiffany studios, and known for their intricate detail, vivid colors and realistic depictions. Guided tours of the church are conducted each Sunday after the 10:45a service, and group bookings can be made as well. Although a popular tourist destination, the church is first and foremost an active place of worship, where faith in Christ and belief in the Bible as God's word form the basis for all worship. Through worship and prayer, the church members strive to over come their inherent human faults and live a life that is dedicated to the welfare of others.
The Smithfield United Church of Christ is one that is truly inclusive and accepting of all. At the core of their philosophy lies a deep faith in the power of Christ's love, with an attitude of open-mindedness and an acceptance of differences in beliefs. Services are held every Sunday and all are welcome to attend. Newcomers are given a hearty and genuine welcome, and are even invited to join the congregation for a light lunch after service. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of every month and childcare is available during services. The services at this church are brought to life by their excellent choir. The church building in itself is a source of great pride to the church and its congregation. Built upon the designs of architect Henry Hornbostel, the church was constructed between 1925 and 1927. Boasting an elegant design replete with fine details, a massive organ and some lovely stained glass work, has come to be popular amongst tourists as well. Parking is available across the street and is discounted during service hours.
With its elegant spire rising to a height of 170 feet, this striking 19th-century church stands in stark contrast against the surrounding skyscrapers. Whether you are looking for a tranquil place to pray, or are simply an art and architecture enthusiast, you are sure to find a warm welcome here. The church is replete with fine stonework and architectural details, both inside and out. The cruciform building is home to a number of beautiful and artistic pieces including the mosaic work above the alter, the 19th-century stained glass depiction of "the Good Shepherd" designed by the Tiffany studios, and the free-standing alter fashioned from marble, brass and wood. Although the church was only consecrated in 1888, its congregation's history can be traced back to 1835. This warm and welcoming Lutheran church of Pittsburgh, invites all to join its members in their devote worship of God. Services and worship held at the church are strongly anchored in the congregation's absolute faith in Christ and his Gospel; its members drawing hope, comfort and inspiration from the scriptures.