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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
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
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Omaha, Nebraska
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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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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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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Providence, Rhode Island
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Well worth a look inside. Free and open to the public. Beautiful stained glass window and a large pipe organ on the back wall.

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Cornillon-Confoux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I went to church here as a student at Stanford. What a great atmosphere for worship. Well worth a visit.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This church is quite magnificent, to say the least. Hopefully you'll get there on a day when the labyrinth is available!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

It is impossible to miss the Memorial Church when you visit the Stanford campus, and that's not such a bad thing. Located at the end of the central axis of the University, the walk down Palm Drive to get here is admittedly part of enjoying the experience. While the church isn’t the biggest structure around, once you pass through the... More

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Stanford campus is a beautiful place to stroll around. I especially like walking in from the "quad" at the end of Palm Drive. The student union, Tressador is an interesting place for coffee and a snack and the book store has lots of treasures in it

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Silicon Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The church's ceiling and layout of the chapel is very impressive. The approach from the quad and the foyer of the church are very open and welcoming.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Mem Chu, as it is called locally, is marvelous. Not the overwhelming marble pillars of Italy, but lovely and accessible stained glass windows and fine decorative touches. I never tire of showing this marvelous church to guests. Although not a religious church goer, I love to hear an organ concert or two, and to go to the Christmas Eve service.

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Chatton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Built by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband, this church is one of the very ;special' places on the magnificent Stanford campus. Even from the outside the Memorial Church has fascinating architecture, but the inside should be seen to appreciate the full extent of its interest including stained glass windows. The building has survived two substantial earthquakes. Concerts... More

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