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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

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Address: Palo Alto, CA
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11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the...
This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
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Father Xavier and Melissa Prestinario helped us tremendously in our wedding planning process. They were both completely supportive of incorporating my family's Jewish traditions... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Father Xavier and Melissa Prestinario helped us tremendously in our wedding planning process. They were both completely supportive of incorporating my family's Jewish traditions into the wedding ceremony, and truly went above and beyond in creating the perfect ceremony for us. We loved our MemChu wedding!

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Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Walking towards the church, through a plaza restored to its original design, is a wonderful experience. The church was beautifully strengthened and restored after the '89 earthquake and remains the campus focus. Unique Mini-mosaics adorn the walls (created with tiny mosaic pieces) and in the streaming light, the interior is glorious. A place of art and beauty, open to all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Bathed in gold it is an wonderful space for quiet contemplation, visitation during one of the multi faith services or musical concerts. An incomparable memorial to Leyland Stanford.

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Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Gorgeous place. Especially beautiful when there is a concert going on. (Be sure to check the schedule!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a beautiful area on campus. With the free walking tour, you will stop at the church for as long as you like, take pictures, ask questions, sit in the pews, whatever you like. It has tens of thousands of shades of colors on the painted sandstone and is truly a breathtaking work of art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Just another one of the amazing facilities on the Stanford University campus. The history of Memorial Church is fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

When visiting the Stanford campus, Memorial Church is a must see. Having lived in Florence, Italy for a year, the church and the inner Quad architecture is a tribute to the architecture of the churches and walls of that city. From the steps of the Church, one can look down Palm Drive to Palo Alto, about 2 miles distance. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Sure to be one of the highlights of your visit to Stanford campus, this beautiful church in European style is covered with mosaics and filled with gorgeous examples of stained glass windows. If you can manage to catch a concert or organ practice, even better. The views from the "Quad" looking down Palm Drive are also photo-worthy, and it's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Built by the Stanford's as a memorial to their son who died very young while on a trip to Europe, memorial church is European on design. It is non denominational and often used for concerts . The acustics are wonderful. Well known ensembles like Chanticleer often perform there. Steve jobs memorial service was held at there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If you are on the Stanford Campus Memorial Church is a must see. The architecture is very unique, it's not a typical cathedral or campus chapel. The stained glass is dramatic. Although churches are not on my usual list of things to see, this one is definitely worth it and unique.

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Additional Information about The Memorial Church of Stanford University

Address: Palo Alto, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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