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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #2 of 22 Attractions in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
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Redwood City
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

OK, I agree, I am not recommending you see this as a great church of the world, but as beautiful memorial to one of California's Senators and railway moguls. The stain glass is iconic and the mosaic on the front a tribute to the Mexican artisans who restored it after the 1989 earthquake. Try to go when the Organ is... More

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I had no previous knowledge of the university or this church and I was amazed at its beauty. I felt like I was in Venice. Definitely worth a visit if you're interested in that kind of thing.

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Palo Alto, California
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175 reviews 175 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

When you walk into Mem Chu (as it is called by the students) you almost feel like you've been transported to Europe. This is a church built on a grand scale, with stained glass windows and soaring ceilings. Local choir groups are allowed to perform in the church and the acoustics are lovely. If you are visiting the campus, find... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a first class church - just beautiful inside and out. We just returned from Europe, and lots of church visits, but were delighted by this hidden gem. The stained glass windows are stunning. Be sure to read the inscriptions on the back wall - near the entrance doors...inspirational.

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Itasca, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The woodwork, tall painted ceilings and absolutely alter were amazing. Walking out of the church through the beautiful portico onto Stanford's lovely grounds was breathtaking.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a beautifully maintained worship space. However, there are clear rules at the entrances (do not take photos! be quiet in the church!) and at the rise towards the altar (do not walk up on altar!) but very few of the foreign-born tourists (the place was CRAWLING with student tour groups from Asia that day) paid attention to these... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I had no idea this beautiful building was here. We were fortunate to be able to see this during a college campus tour. The mosaic tile is truly amazing and the stained glass is stunning. I felt like we were looking at an old church in Europe.

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Kaysville, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Beautiful architecture and memorable monuments. We enjoyed the reverence and respect everyone there had for this facility.

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Palo Alto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This stunning building, free admission, is a world- class beauty. Exquisite stained glass, gorgeous woodwork, and so peaceful inside. The mosaic on the facade is gorgeous - the courtyard in front is a lovely place for a picnic and photos.

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glendale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The mosaic and stained glass work is incredible. The organ is magnificent. I just wish that there was some informational literature available in the entrance vestibule since I was eager to read about the chapel's history and design "real-time".

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