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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

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Address: 450 Serra Mall, Palo Alto, CA 94305
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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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A Piece of Heaven

I have been to numerous churches throughout Europe, and this church definitely is among the most beautiful. There are a couple of attributes that I really loved about this church... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Napoleon, Ohio
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Napoleon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to numerous churches throughout Europe, and this church definitely is among the most beautiful. There are a couple of attributes that I really loved about this church. The tiles work is amazing not only because they create beautiful pictures and designs, but also because of their metallic sheen. Also, some churches in Europe have black and very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

MemChu, as it's known, is a tranquil, beautiful place. The University also sponsors several musical events here, two of the best being compline and the Christmas lessons.

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Truly, it's one of the most beautiful churches in the US ... makes one think they just might be somewhere in Europe. And if you have a chance to attend the Christmas Eve service, DO!! We went this year and they had an amazing choral ensemble from San Jose singing (The Choral Project). And the organs are fabulous as well.... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

It is very beautiful and tranquil, which in my book makes it worth a visit if one is at the university.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Memorial Church was built as part of the original quadrangle that made up the core of Stanford University when Leland and Jane Stanford founded it, in honor of their young son, who had died. Mrs. Stanford was very religious, and also influenced by European architecture; this church was the result. It is imposing, but beautiful, and quotes of Mrs. Stanford... More 

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Wellington, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I was born and raised in Palo Alto and have always enjoyed the drive or bicycle ride from downtown Palo alto to the church. It is such a majestic structure. If possible plan on attending an organ recital as the sound is amazing!! The architecture of the church with it's mosaics and the surrounding buildings are a testament to Leland... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

this is very beautiful church and walking and taking photos of it is a pleasant experience. enjoy it a lot under Californian sun!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

In the middle of the campus and with a large quad in front lies this church. The front of the church has beautiful mosaic work and very Spanish looking. The interior of the church is not only beautiful but also large and very impressive. The stained glass windows lend to the ambiance of the church. The interior of the church... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We recently returned from Italy, where we saw many beautiful church sanctuaries. The Memorial Church at Stanford is every bit their equal. The sanctuary is exquisite. The stained glass windows are lovely with the sunlight shining through. So many beautiful details. Truly lovely.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I attended a performance of the Peninsula Women's Chorus which was spectacular. The acoustics are great, and the singing of the 40-50 women under the guidance of Martin Benvenuto is exceptional. A wonderful place to be silent, hear heavenly music and enjoy a beautiful building

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