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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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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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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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Thank you Stanford family for building this American version of a classical Florentine chapel and making it the center of the campus. Day or night, for church, music, or just walking around, the interior and exterior are both elegant and fit in perfectly with the surrounding area.

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Plan to spend at least an hour looking at all the beautiful stained glass and architecture. Easy to sit in this quiet and beautiful place to enjoy the spectacular interior from every vantage point. It would be a shame to go in without enough time to look around. Really beautiful.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A multi-faith temple, Mem Chu is monumental, the stained glass windows are extraordinary and the general ambiance is peaceful.

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