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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #2 of 21 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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Arlington, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Thank you Stanford family for building this American version of a classical Florentine chapel and making it the center of the campus. Day or night, for church, music, or just walking around, the interior and exterior are both elegant and fit in perfectly with the surrounding area.

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Park City, Utah
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Plan to spend at least an hour looking at all the beautiful stained glass and architecture. Easy to sit in this quiet and beautiful place to enjoy the spectacular interior from every vantage point. It would be a shame to go in without enough time to look around. Really beautiful.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A multi-faith temple, Mem Chu is monumental, the stained glass windows are extraordinary and the general ambiance is peaceful.

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I have been to the church as a local tourist. However, I love going there for classical concerts. Especially when some requiems are on the program. If you plan to visit, I recommend you check out the Stanford event website and see if there are any concerts that would fit into your schedule.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a beautiful church with stained glass and mosaics reminiscent of cathedrals in Venice or Ravenna Italy but smaller and more intimate. It was built as a tribute to Leland Stanford by his wife Jane around 1900. Subsequently, it had extensive repairs after two significant earth quakes The non-denominational church is in the center of the Stanford main quad.... More

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Redwood City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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