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Grace Cathedral

1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Downtown)
415 749 6300
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Ranked #30 of 356 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Religious Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where... more » Owner description: Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journeys. The cathedral itself, a renowned San Francisco landmark, serves as a magnet, where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.Famed as a destination for visitors from all over the world, the cathedral is known for its striking architecture, stained glass, singular collection of art, and Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel. « less
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Friends had recommended us to visit here. We had presumed we would be able to visit from the hop on-hop off bus tour we took, but it is way off the route for that and was quite hard to find from Union Square which was the closest stop. It is a steep climb up to it on those famous hills,... More

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Brampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The cathedral is dramatic rather than pretty and the ribbons hanging in the centre knave made the whole building seem more spectacular. Very simplistic, but calming and peaceful - despite the noisy cleaning going on!

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bayarea
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I visited Grace Cathedral to attend 'Yoga on the Labryinth' which is every Tues@6:15pm & to see Anne Patterson, artist in residence, 'Graced With Light' the ribbon project. Beautiful & exhilarating!! They also have live music & the teacher is superb. Awesome, spiritual, experience. There's at least 200-300pp there yet it's unbelievably calming. My faith in humanity has been restored!

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New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The visit to this modern day Gothic Cathedral was the most moving religious experience I have experienced in many years. It started with a peaceful choral mass on Sunday morning that included a sermon on contemporary ecological concerns. After the mass, there was an exceptional hour long tour given by a member of the clergy. So many classical yet contemporary... More

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Somers, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I walked up here from downtown, and and went inside to look around. Very beautiful cathedral, impressive, yet calming. Organ music added to the ambiance, very glad I stepped inside. If you're in the Nob Hill area, it's well worth a visit.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We attended a Thanksgiving mass in the small chapel, off to the side of the main nave. It was intimate and cozy. BUT, when we exited the chapel, the sun was low in the sky, and pouring through the stained-glass windows, right onto the huge columns inside the nave -- it was breathtaking!

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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Grace Cathedral is the home of the arch diocese of the Episcopal Church of Northern California. I was married there once upon a time as well as confirmed by Bishop Pike who was a controversial figure in the church and the city in the mid twentieth century. The cathedral often has musical concert and is built from cast concrete I... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Check it out on Wikipedia - very important and beautiful work. Yes that Goring, who removed the original in FLroence and hid them in a cave during WWII , and it is supposed he ordered the replicas made in order to keep the originals to himself. Ended up here !

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

A beautifully maintained building amazing Stained glass windows .i just loved the ribbons from the ceiling a beautiful effect. but so sad to see such a wonderful enormous building not filled with people praying. it advertised 9am service on the board outside but it was quiet inside what a shame.Never the less I enjoyed my time

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Grace Cathedral is a gem on California street in San Francisco. For my birthday I walked up Taylor to go to the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral. The magical surprise was the ribbon installation in the church. The labyrinth was visually enveloped in the ribbons almost like linking the walk with heaven. There wasn't anyone there so I had the whole... More

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