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Old Cathedral of St. Mary

660 California Street at Grant Avenue, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
415 986 4388
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Ranked #161 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This downtown San Francisco landmark was the first Catholic church in California.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is a duplicate posting for Old St. Mary's Cathedral --- please post your comments there. This is a gorgeous Cathedral so please post your comments under the correct name.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

If you're in the area, you have to see this. It's so beautiful. Takes your breath away. It just caught our eye as we passed, and for no reason decided to go in. So glad we did.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Stopped by at this church in the morning on my way to Chinatown. I just wanted to get to know the church and pray to thank for all the good things that happened during my trip. But I was surprised by a pianist playing beautifully inside the church. Really enjoyed, very touching!

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This beautiful and historic Roman Catholic structure, built in 1854 and rebuilt in 1909, is located on California Street on the edges of both the Financial District and Chinatown. It’s a short walk from the Montgomery BART station. Some metered street parking is available and several garages are in the area. The cathedral is built primarily of a distinctive red... More

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Morris County, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We visited this Cathedrial while we were visiting Chinatown. It is beautiful. It is worth a stop, even for a few minutes if you are in the area. Its a glimpse into the past of San Francisco.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

My husband and I stopped in to look at take a look at this old church on a whim. We were mesmerized by the beauty and history of this old Cathedral that survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. The history is set out for you at the back of the church so you can read about it at your leisure... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2009

This church is located within Chinatown. We attended mass there last week. The priest was friendly and welcoming to visitors. The church is very old and survived the 1906 quake. The history can be seen in a display in back of the church.

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