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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

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Address: Palo Alto, CA
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8:00 am - 5:00 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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Beautiful Architecture and Stained Glass

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Concord, Massachusetts
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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a most beautiful church and a must see. The organ is very famous as well. Then can stroll around the Quad and visit HooverTower for a fantastic view of Palo Alto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Very nice interior to admire. Stained glass windows are great to look at. Peacefully silent inside. Worth a visit if you have the chance. Free entry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

A very big and beautiful church in the center of Stanford, with a nice park close-by. Great place to visit with friends for a walk-and-talk.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We live in Palo Alto and every visit is a pleasure. Reminds one of European cathedrals. Visit the nearby Rodin sculpture garden as well.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Went to a friend's wedding here in May. Lovely venue with beautiful organ music recital before the wedding. The plaza in front of the church was full of tourists however who kept taking our photos, particularly groups of foreign tourists who kept asking to take photos with our baby, which was uncomfortable and marred the entire experience.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Extraordinary beautiful, moving, of hand-carved sandstone. A truly unique and historical place, characteristic of Stanford University's spectacular sandstone and tile design.

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Really appreciated opportunity to worship there. Nothing to dislike, a wonderful place to experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

While it might be over-selling it to suggest that the interior space of this church rivals cathedrals found in Europe, I always feel slightly breathless entering and looking up at the dome. It's a magnificent structure and feels like such a hidden treasure given its location on the Stanford campus. If you can catch an organ recital or practice, it... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Been there many times. The hard surfaces give sound a long echo time and so render many kinds of music blurry. The gilt mosaic tile work, inside and out, is beautifully done, but at eye level, there are religious inscriptions that reflect Mrs. Stanford's views -- not biblical passages, but her favorite chestnuts -- which are generally vapid. There is... More 

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Additional Information about The Memorial Church of Stanford University

Address: 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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