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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Address: 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone Number: 408-283-8100
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Ranked #3 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.

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San Jose, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
47 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

After seeing many cathedrals in Rome, Paris, and Madrid in the past few years, I have to admit this cathedral in downtown San Jose holds its own. Very nicely done and open to the public for viewing and saying a quick prayer. Close to the downtown park and restaurants makes it even more convenient!

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Turlock, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Easy access for handicap.Location is ideal to visit with many other sights. Liked the Old World decor, brought back many childhood memories.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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51 reviews 51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My friend took me to the church and I had an enjoyable experience. Its quiet and serene. The glass paintings were wonderful and so was the church dome.

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Ridgway, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Was the best music ministry I have ever heard. The Church is beautiful and the people friendly for a Pa. guy.

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place is beautiful, mass services are good. They have services in Spanish. Check calendar for special events like Christmas, Easter they have bilingual mass.

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Singapore, Singapore
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82 reviews 82 reviews
66 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

If you are in downtown San Jose and have nothing against catholic church, make the effort to spend a nice, quiet and peaceful hour visiting this church and you will be rewarded with European grand church but on a smaller scale. If you are going, try going when there is good strong sunlight so that the stainglass will be at... More 

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San Diego, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you've never been to any of the great Cathedrals of Europe, you can have that experience at home in San Jose, CA. The dome, stained glass windows and the exquisite original Odell organ make this a must see. And if you like Jazz, you can attend a jazz service during the annual jazz festival in August each year. Or... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Across the street from the San Jose Museum of Art, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is a beautiful church. It was built in 1803. For those just wanting to see it it will take just a few minutes; For those who want to participate in the religious services there it is possible to do so. We have seen it... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A lot of marble and very old statues and a typical Catholic church you see all over Europe, Since I have traveled all around Europe many times I was happy to see it here in San Jose, California. Worth the trip for about 30 minute visit.

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Longport, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I did not take a tour; although I believe they are available at times. This Cathedral is lovely and very old. The art work on the ceiling and the statues are exquisite and perfectly maintained. The beauty of the dome took my breath away. While I was there, a practice for a concert was underway. The music was quite lovely.... More 

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