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St. Thomas St. Steps

Ascend the 78 steps that lead to St. Joseph’s Way and St. Thomas St.

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St. Thomas St.

Continue up St. Thomas to Monastery St. Stay right to climb 5 steps. Look right at downtown and the rivers.

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Hackstown St.

At the top of St. Michael Steps is Hackstown St. Make right and cross to St. Thomas St. Steps, which are on left.

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* Cholera Plague of 1849

In 1849, a deadly cholera plague hit Pittsburgh. The parish could not find enough burial places for its deceased members. Parishioners prayed to St. Roch and vowed to keep a day holy if the plague would cease. It did. Another … Continue reading

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St. Michael Steps

At corner of Brossville & Pius Streets, on the left, are the St. Michael St. Steps. They are part of the Church Route of the Slopes, which takes Trekkers past the significant churches built along the hillside. The permanent signs … Continue reading

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* St. Michael’s Parish

At 44 Pius is the former St. Michael’s Madchen Schule and previous home of the Veronica’s Veil playhouse. The theater hosted a series of plays throughout the year but was most famous for its Passion play, Veronica’s Veil. Performed during … Continue reading

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* St. Michael Church

The influence of the church was strong in the Slopes. St. Michael parish started in a house in 1848 where the church front now stands. Designed by Charles Bartberger of Stuttgart, Germany, the church was built between 1855 and 1860 … Continue reading

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* All Wars Memorial

Just past 107 Pius St., overlooking South Side Flats, is a small, but well-kept All Wars Memorial. Tucked behind a gate and row of shrubs, the site honors veterans. State Elm Street funds permitted extensive improvements that included landscaping, fencing, … Continue reading

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Pius St. Cont’d.

Stay left and continue along Pius toward town. St. Michael Parish buildings once occupied this stretch of Pius St. The former convent at 66 Pius Street, on the left, is now a condominium complex.

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Pius St.

Make left. Signage throughout the Slopes point out public stairs such as S. 18th St. Steps, located before 107 Pius St.

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