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Grace Cathedral

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Address: 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 415 749 6300
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal...
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.
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I booked a tour of this Cathedral and was very pleased with the friendly and engaging nature of Charles, the verger, and the history behind the building. The tour lasted for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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London, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I booked a tour of this Cathedral and was very pleased with the friendly and engaging nature of Charles, the verger, and the history behind the building. The tour lasted for nearly 110 minutes and went into numerous areas that visitors wouldn't normally see. The Cathedral has a deep history and there are many things pointed out in the tour... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I just love this lovely cathedral at the top of tony Nob Hill with sweeping views of San Francisco and the Bay right nearby. It's a beautiful church that tells its own story, and the story of San Francisco in lovely frescoes painted inside the church. I love learning the history especially of the great earthquake and fire which left... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

A beautiful old world cathedral with a labyrinth in the floor. I understand it has amazing acoustics and hosts choirs on occasion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We took a short walk here from our hotel on Post Street. It was a beautiful cathedral inside and outside. Some modern artwork as well as traditional on the outside which makes it quite a special cathedral. We used our guide book to help us identify the key parts in there so we recommend taking a guide book with you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We just went on a behind-the-scenes tour (got tickets online at Zerve for $25 each) and were amazed at how cool it was. There were 3 generation of us and everyone was fascinated by the tour--even the teenagers! Charles Shipley is the Cathedral verger (you'll find out what that means) and has been there for 26 years. He gave the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

When it comes to Gothic Episcopal (Anglican) Cathedral's in The United States, there are 3 that stand out. Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York City (The largest in the world), The Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. (6th largest in the world, and 2nd in the USA), and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (3rd largest in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were staying in the neighborhood, and decided to take a tour of Grace Cathedral. We were so, so impressed. The Cathedral Verger conducted the tour, and provided us with a wealth of information we would not have had otherwise -- history of the Cathedral and its (prolonged) construction, insights into the artwork, a brief tour of the grounds, as... More 

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is the most beautiful church I have seen outside of Europe. Gorgeous stained glass and a domed ceiling. It's not very old by European standards, and it doesn't contain a ton of priceless art, but it is impressive nonetheless. It's on top of Nob Hill, close to a cable car stop. It's worth a look. The architecture is really... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited on a Sunday morning and enjoyed wandering round for about an hour. The silk ribbons hanging from the ceiling were beautiful. There is a lovely plaque commemorating the foundation of the UN in the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you like visiting Churches this one is not to be missed. Grace Cathedral is a bit of traditional coupled with the modern. While it looks quite traditonal outside its is absoulutely beautiful inside with modern touches to the traditional fare you will find in older cathedral. Upon entering the colorful ceiling treatments has one thinking that its some type... More 

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Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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