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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 377 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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Buffalo, NY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Southport, NC USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

On a recent tour of San Francsico we made a stop at Grace Cathedral and what a surprise to find replicas of the famed brass doors of the Baptistery in Florence, Italy. I did not know about these copies of the originals I have seen many times as an American tour guide in Florence. It seems the Grace church's doors... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The grace cathedral is a beautiful church and has a huge history behind it visit inside take a seat listen , pray walk around and visit the gift shop and light a candle for lost loved ones get married here or simply just relax walk the labyrinths and have coffee near the gift shop down stairs inside this church has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

First --- go online and see if you can get tickets to a tour, which takes you to all the places tourists are not allowed (chapels; offices; vaults; south tower)....in addition, you get the history of the church and the many pieces of art. If you can't it is still "5" stars. Second --- come quickly; the "ribbon art" is... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We just don't go to San Francisco without trekking up to Nob Hill to walk the labyrinth and just meditate for a while inside this jewel of peace, tranquility, and promise.

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you like to put your sedentary lifestyle to the test, avoid the streetcar and walk all the way up tho this nice Catherdral. The view is quite nice from up there.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely visit, walked all round, saw all the stained glass windows, the art works and the fascinating ribbon art installation in the middle. Very knowledgable staff, helpful plus small cafe & restrooms downstairs.

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