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Cathedral makes it sound like a church, but in fact, this 40 story limestone and steel building is a classroom, administrative building with study lounges and what looked like a student union.  It was built from 1928-1931 and is the second tallest campus building in the world.  See this link for more information on the Cathedral of Learning.

Its a massive building in Pittsburgh and draws your eye from miles around to the University of Pittsburgh.  I went into the building to find myself in a “Harry Potter” like world.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 32 mm Lens

I looked around in the narrow hallways and huge lobby/ study room and took a few photos:

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 36 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 36 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/45 sec, 27 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/45 sec, 27 mm Lens

This photograph had barely visible light and even at ISO 2000, I could barely take the image.  Next I went into the old elevators (cargo) and tried to find an observation platform at the top.  I went up 32 stories into the vacant building and found it all locked so I took the stairs up all the way to the top.  All admin offices and huge padlocks and security systems.   I just wanted a view of downtown Pittsburgh from that height. No luck so I will go back in the future during the week.

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The building looked remarkably different at different angles and on different sides:

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