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Pitt campus
===Pitt campus===
[[Image:HeinzChapelSouth.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh]]
The main campus of the University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as "Pitt", comprises approximately 132 urban acres (0.53 km2), much of which is located in Schenley Farms-Oakland Civic Center National Historic District. The university's centerpiece is the 42-story Cathedral of Learning, the second tallest university building in the world, which serves as obvious landmark for the explorer of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, no matter where one is located. Pitt's campus has been has been termed "a theme park of replica buildings", and contains an eclectic mix of architecture that includes Greek revival, Neogothic, Italian Renaissance, Brutalist, and modern. Many of the University of Pittsburgh buildings are accessible to the public and are within short walking distance of each other. Scattered throughout the campus are many noted works by master blacksmith Samuel Yellin, stained glass artist Charles Connick, sculptor Tony Smith, and sculptor and enamelist Virgil Cantini. The campus is also adjacent to the major attractions in the Carnegie Museum complex and Schenley Park.
*The '''Cathedral of Learning''', between 5th Avenue, Bigelow Blvd, Bellefield Avenue, and Forbes Avenue. The 42-story Charles Klauder designed Gothic Revival skyscraper, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as the anchor symbolic and physical heart of the University of Pittsburgh. Construction was begun in 1926 and took ten years a decade to complete. It Visible from almost anywhere in Pittsburgh, it is the tallest school building in the Western hemisphere , and is visible from almost anywhere in Pittsburghhas been described as the "culmination" of Late Gothic Revival architecture. The building While impressive on the outside, it may be even more spectacular on the inside, and it admission is free and open to the public and admission is free. On the first and third floors, surrounding its immense gothic Commons Room , are the 27 '''Nationality Rooms''' []. These working classrooms are each designed, constructed, and decorated in the characteristic style of 27 different cultures which represent the diverse population of Pittsburgh. A self-guided tour of the Nationality Rooms is available for a small fee ($3.00 for adults, $1 for youth; MON-SAT 9AM-2:30PM, Sun 11AM-2:30PM), while guided tours can be reserved in advance that give in-depth explanations of each room and can allow access to areas normally inaccessible to the public, like the historic Croghan-Schenley Ballroom and Early American Room (+1 412 624-6000). Nationality rooms on the 3rd floor are sometimes freely open to explore, depending on time and class schedule. Much of the upper floors of the Cathedral are composed of offices and other university facilities, however a trip to the Honors College on the 35th and 36th floors, accessible by most of the elevators, provides marvelous views of the city.
*'''Heinz Memorial Chapel''' [] (412-624-4157) located on the grounds of the Cathedral of Learning, was built with funds left to the school by H.J. Heinz (of ketchup fame). The French Gothic Revival nondenominational chapel features 23 amazing stained-glass windows by Charles J. Connick, the largest single collection of his work. The windows total approximately 4,000 square feet (370 m<sup>2</sup>) and contain nearly 250,000 pieces of glass with 391 identifiable people from religion, history, science and the humanities, and the transept windows are reputedly the world's tallest such windows. Free tours may allow one sample the acoustics of the 3,770 pipe organ, and concerts and recitals are typically held on Sundays. See the website for calender.

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