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Grace Cathedral

1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)
415 749 6300
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Ranked #37 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting the Haas Lilenthal House or the cable car museum, call in to visit the Cathedral. The area around the Cathedral is lovely to stroll around .The day we visited the choir were rehearsing and made the visit more spiritual. Take time to really look at the doors that a replicas of the doors in Italy.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Grace Cathedral, it is a striking landmark on Nob Hill, standing in front of a rather charming little park, Huntington Park. From the front we were transported back to Europe, it bears a resemblance to Notre Dame in Paris, and there is a replica set of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise doors found in Florence,... More

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Laytown Co Meath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is located across from the Scarlet Huntington Hotel on Nob Hill and it is beautiful. It is a mini Notre Dame.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Very pretty building. Was a little disappointed to see the inside was so modern and had paintings on the wall that were not something I would have expected to see in a church. The suggestion to pay $10 for each person that wanted to visit the church was a huge turnoff. The church should be open to all who want... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I've been to Grace Cathedral for many times now but this was the first time I've been there for yoga. There's an art installation currently called Grace of Light that adds magic to this already beautiful church. Anne Patterson, synesthetic artist, used 20 miles of ribbon suspended from the ceiling. Her type of synesthesia allows her to see colors and... More

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PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This magnificent church has two labyrinths, one inside and one outside. Both are available to the public, although only the outside one is open 24hrs a day. The inside one is available when the church is open, but only if there are no events scheduled. The interior of the church peaceful and lovely.

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Buffalo, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Not the sort of place we customarily visit, but while walking around the Nob Hill section, we decided to take a break & take a look inside. What a marvelous place! Lots of art work, beautiful stained glass windows, and a beautiful, inclusive & peaceful statement of purpose posted in the foyer. Well worth a visit. Free, of course.

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Cardiff, Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is a very beautiful cathedral. It's very new, but feels old! The architecture is stunning, the atmosphere is spiritual. The windows are dazzling in design and colour. The display of ribbons hanging from the ceiling was magical. This is a wonderful place! About a ten minute, hilly walk from Union Square.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Having visited many churches and sacred sights around the world, Grace Cathedral sadly counts as one the most unfamily friendly sights I have visited. Maybe my view is coloured by the guide who brusquely asked my young son to remove his cap and then used the same tone to ask us not to stand on the labyrinth despite there being... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Grace Cathedral is an enormous Episcopal cathedral with many wonderful spaces to explore. The architecture, the stained glass windows, and the murals are beautiful, and the nave is serene and mystical (mystical as in "inspiring awe and fascination"). If you find yourself on Nob Hill, this cathedral is well worth the stop. Nearby, at the corner of Mason and Sacramento... More

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