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The Memorial Church of Stanford University

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Address: Palo Alto, CA
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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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A true gem

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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PNW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is a very old world feeling church that could rival many I have found in Europe. Take the time to look at each window and read each engraving around this church. Very uplifting and full of love. You can tell He walks here.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Memorial Church is the star attraction in Stanford's quad (the oldest section of campus). The mosaics and decor is Byzantine. Jane Stanford ("Mother Stanford") modeled it after the churches she had seen on her European tours, and went all out on this one. Although decidedly Christian in its interior decor, services and events are ecumenical and inclusive (for example, one... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This experience is a bit like walking into the Vatican and seeing a dove in the stained glass window far away. When you enter the grounds of Stanford, the church seems so far and distant, but as you draw near the breath-taking beauty captures your attention. This is just an appetizer to the feast for the eye within. You will... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Check out the organ in this church, amazing! This is a beautiful church. The stained glass windows and the architecture are terrific.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I've been here a few times during a visit to the Stanford campus. When on the campus, this is a must see. I love the mosaic on the front the of chapel. The stained glass windows are also nice.

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