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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

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Address: , Palo Alto, CA 94305
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Sun 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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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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This is the signature building of Stanford. The architecture and stained glass absolutely beautiful. You will see many wedding on going in the weekend. But when there is no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is the signature building of Stanford. The architecture and stained glass absolutely beautiful. You will see many wedding on going in the weekend. But when there is no activity, it is free to go in for a visit.n This is a must visit place for all the tourist. Parking can be headache. You can find free parking in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

No visit to Stanford University could be complete without a visit to the Church. It has a unique facade and a very serene atmosphere inside. It is centrally located and has been a venue for many important events. A very memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Sing-it-yourself Messiah every December is a big annual highlight for us. We also like to attend 9:00PM Sunday Compline service highlighting different local choirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It took us a while to find the church, about walked our legs off on a very warm day,BUT it was worth finding. I was amazed by its beauty inside and outside. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. The stained glass windows were so impressive, I just sat and took it all in. A must see I think.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My friend and I enjoyed our time sitting in the church, admiring the beautiful stained glass and stone carvings. The shining mosaic art on the front facade is really gorgeous but almost impossible to catch with a camera. I plan to come back during a Christmas service so that I can hear the organ playing.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Regardless of your faith this stunning focal point of the Stanford campus is worth a visit and a few photos. Flanked by traditional southwestern buildings it is a magnet for evening strolls. It provides a calming ending to a hectic day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

such a beautiful and quiet environment, that it almost felt wrong to be there as a tourist, rather than for prayer

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Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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