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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

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Address: Palo Alto, CA
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11:30 am - 3:30 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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South Bay gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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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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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The chapel is center front on the quad. It has mural paintings on the front of the Mission style building. Then the inside is a surprise after the simplicity of the exterior. The church was built by Jane Stanford in memory of her husband-- the Sr railroad baron while the university is named after the son, Leland Stanford, Jr. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This church is breathtaking. It is quite a special spot and one worth visiting. It is lovely. It is worth seeing for the historical stories as it has been there for such a long time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

You should go inside the Church ....I had been to Florence ( Italy ) and I was still amazed by what I saw !!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

What a sense of history and calm together. Move over Europe. Just a lovely piece of architecture for the past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It must be the combination of the warm CA sun shining on the Memorial Church, and the shadow it casts onto the ground...every time I visited, I loved it more.

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is an historic and large church at the center of the Stanford University campus. If you are visiting Stanford it is a "must see" stop on your tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I love the smell and the architecture. Quaint and calm, when they have music practice it sounds amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I can still remember when I first moved to NorCal 30 years ago and visited the Cathedral for the first time. I was humbled. The stain glassed windows, the organ, the architecture rivals anything I've seen Europe. Then the 1989 earthquake occurred and the church was shut for years. Go see it now, but the big one! :)

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