The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia is an amazingly beautiful church right in our midst on South Broad Street. The Italian baroque building was designed by George Lovatt, a Philadelphia-trained architect who specialized in Roman Catholic church design.
The church was completed in 1907 and immediately became an important center of the large immigrant community in South Philadelphia. It continues to serve South Philly in so many important ways to this day.
Bring your tripod, as you are permitted to use it during our time in the Shrine.
To get some idea of the beautiful interior, see the first two photos in the Photos section of this page.