The city of Pittsburgh is home to countless institutions of higher learning but it is in the neighborhood of Oakland where the most historic and well-known ones can be found. The University of Pittsburgh (my graduate alma mater) is of course one of the “learning centers” that I’m referring to, with the Cathedral of Learning serving as the neighborhood’s most prominent landmarks. It’s a 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral and is the tallest education building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest university building in the world. In addition to the plethora of university buildings that dot the neighborhood landscape, cathedrals and churches of different denominations, a famous library, museums and even performing arts venues can also be found.
In short, if one ever needed to sum up Oakland to a visitor, it could best be described as a neighborhood of abundant learning.
(Winter in Pittsburgh has been particularly brutal so I thought it would be fitting to have a neighborhood photo essay depicting the current season-snow, gray skies and all.)
J.S. Bach, outside the Carnegie Music Hall
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
Bellefield Towers (all that remains of a former church)
Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering building (it was also the scene of a pivotal fight in The Dark Knight Rises between Batman and Bane)
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church
Heinz Chapel (where I was married)
Outside the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Julie is a travel and food blogger who lives in Pittsburgh. Travel is her greatest love but when she’s not traveling the world, she’s either testing out a new recipe in the kitchen or playing the part of foodie in Pittsburgh. She also recently published her first novel, The Tears of Yesteryear, a work of historical fiction set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the last century.
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