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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

Address: Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #2 of 22 Attractions in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.

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Nevada City, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This large, beautiful chapel is reminiscent of some churches I've seen in Italy. The building of it was guided by Jane Stanford, Leland's wife, and is worth seeing if you are ever in the area. However, if you can hear music performed there, it is a pure joy. The acoustics are phenomenal. My wife performed there with a women's compline... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband is a choral conductor and has the opportunity to direct choirs in the Standford Memorial Church several times. It is a stellar church. Beautiful with amazing acoustics. We also attended a wedding in the church and it was beautiful! Worth visiting!

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Bowling Green KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Inspiring and beautiful! We attended mass though the chapel is used for other services. Really enjoyed the Thanksgiving Service.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great for a short visit or even to walk by. Its the centerpiece of the iconic view of Stanford University which you approach via a long Palm tree lined avenue, which leads onto a large grassy oval the size of one one and a half football fields, which then lead through a tall adobe and red tile style arch, into... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We have visited Memorial Church numerous times. It was built by Jane Stanford between 1890 and 1933 in memory of her late husband Leland Stanford. The two of them were the founders of Stanford University. Leland Stanford was quite instrumental in the railroad, business, and government of the West. Memorial Church is a beautiful church with an amazing organ, It... More 

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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

In center of Stanford campus there is a beautiful and European style church that every body should see that.each part of church has designed and built in memory of a member of Stanford family . unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough to hear choir but I have heard about that is amazing. Handcrafted work is awesome.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is an icon on the Stanford campus. This church has qualities of a European cathedral. It is a must see!! Mosaic tile frames the inside of the church. It is resplendent in 20th century splendor and decor. Check it out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

It took me several trips to Stanford's campus to actually see the Church open, and last weekend while touring around Palo Alto and Stanford University with friends, we were lucky enough to walk into the choir's rehearsal at The Memorial Church of Stanford University, absolutely astonishing!

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Saddle River NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Dedicated in 1903 to Leland Stanford Sr, Jean Stanford gave this as a personal addition to the University. The two very large columns in this beautiful church have gold lettering tribute to Her mother as well as her husband .Although Jesus Christ is reflected on the outside with Faith Hope Charity and Love, this is not a Christian church, but... More 

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Southlake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Beautiful church located on the Stanford campus. Any visit to Stanford should include a visit. Loved the serenity of it all!

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