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Grace Cathedral

1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)
415 749 6300
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Ranked #27 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
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San Francisco, California
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182 reviews 182 reviews
64 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco & I'm so pleased that the colored ribbons, hanging from the roof, are still in place offering an ethereal light to this already colorful cathedral with it's magnificent stain-glass windows. Perched high above the bustle of the city it brings a sense of tranquility. My favorite chapels to... More

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Winters, ca
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Currently there are incredible ribbons from the ceiling matching the colors of the stained glass and reflecting lights. Eat before you hike as there is little around in the way of restaurants except Nob Hill Cafe.

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Lovely gracious building - literally living up to its name. Especially great to see the relatively contemporary stained glass windows (moon-landing) and murals, which really brings religion into real life. And there's a floor labyrinth to walk, for spiritual meditation.

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

What a nice cathedral. I happened by while hiking the hills of San Francisco. I’d driven by in the past; since I was hiking I stopped in. While the church is nice, it doesn’t compare to cathedrals in Europe – contrary to what some reviewers have stated. I missed the inside “labyrinth” but did see the outdoor one. Really? If... More

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laconia, nh
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Enroute to Oakland Airport for a SF 3-night stay, I just happened to read about this special place in the in-flight magazine. We knew about it previously, but had forgotten that we knew about it. So, first thing on our first morning there, we "hiked" to the Cathedral from the Wharf area (pant, pant). My wife walked the labyrinth, I... More

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Belmar, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Spent an entire week in and around this majestic Cathedral. The symposium was awesome, but the cathedral's majesty and expression, surely cast a spell on me. Stayed at a wonderful European -style hotel nearby and ate locally. Truly one of my most memorable stays and so worth the journey.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is one of my favourite cathedrals around the world. It's character belies its modernity, as though it has more history than its tender years have in fact yielded. As a beacon of rebirth following the 1906 earthquake it means much to those who value the past and not just the present. In a bustling city, from its vantage point... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a beautiful cathedral. When we were there, they had ribbons hanging from the top and they appeared to be light rays from the stained glass. The church is breathtaking. They have one labyrinth outside and one inside. If you have a chance, I recommend taking time out two walk one or both of them.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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

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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