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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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Houston, Texas
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100 reviews 100 reviews
17 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Palo Alto, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Stanford Memorial church is always on our short list of things to show visitors in Palo Alto. It is lovingly and beautifully executed if you can overlook the strange combination of historical decorative styles and just go with it. Gold tesserated tiles from the Byzantine era, a stalwart floor plan from the Romanesque period, some Baroquish style putti, stained... More

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Bay Area, California
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6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The fact that a great, private, and non-sectarian university's centerpiece is a huge, mausoleum-like enormous church seems a little creepy. The scale of the church is overwhelming, and the acoustics are difficult as a result. If you're into large scale religious buildings with ertsatz architecture and odd balconies here and there, this is the place for you.

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Los Angeles
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I was there for a wedding this month. I was so distracted by the architecture. Even the stairwell details are so meticulous. If you're even near Stanford and love architecture, this visit is a must.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The gardens surrounding the Church are beautiful too. Check in at the office in the rotundra to see the beautiful architecture in there.

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Napa, California
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30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Built to honor the Stanford Family, the patriarch of which was one of the builders of the Central Pacific Railroad. We have walked in on such as Brahms' Requiem. Also treated by a music professor who was on his way to practice on the massive Organ. We also disturbed a lavish very private wedding - the Father of the Bride... More

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