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Address: 1111 Gough Street at Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 567 2020
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Description: This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and...
This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
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Very Modern...Beautiful.

If you are most often in Cathedrals that are more of a Baroque Style of architecture... you are in for a real treat. I do love the Baroque style - but this Cathedral is very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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182 reviews 182 reviews
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

If you are most often in Cathedrals that are more of a Baroque Style of architecture... you are in for a real treat. I do love the Baroque style - but this Cathedral is very modern - minimalist- intriguing... It is a lovely & reverent space. There was an Organ Concert happening & it was amazing!! Don't miss a visit... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I find St. Mary's Cathedral architecturally interesting, spiritually amazing, and inspirational. The current cathedral is the 2nd church built on the property. The second cathedral was blessed on May 5, 1971. Pope John Paul II celebrated the first papal mass there in 1987; there is a plaque about his visit in the entrance way of the cathedral. For music, the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great place to stop if passing. Amazing architecture, completely unlike most churches, very modern and minimalist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

At 4PM on most Sundays an organist performs about an hour's worth of very moving pieces. The cathedral is beautiful, so this is a great place for both architectural and music buffs alike!

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This place is amazingly beautiful. Came here with a choir and it was the perfect place to sing. ...................

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's certainly full of the "Spirit of Vatican II." Beautiful, interesting architecture, but completely inappropriate for a Catholic Church. I wouldn't expect a hidden Tabernacle in a cathedral, but that's what you get... High points: Great docents who love to talk about the building, and a beautiful organ. A big plus was that the organist was giving a demonstration for... More 

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Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We stopped by on a Sunday and were able to listen to the end of the Chinese mass. we were able to read all bout St. Mary's history they had it already as you walked in.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Architecture must be a religion on its own, or so you have to think after visiting St Mary's. The architects were able to reinvent the medieval brief for churches, creating a building that inspires respect, transmits peace and more importantly wants you to return to it. Visit it, walk around its perimeter, sit on the benches for five minutes, look... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My friend and I - both not religious - quite enjoyed visiting this building. We had driven past it several times during our stay and marvelled at it's unusual and imposing design so decided to see what it was like inside. The cathedral does not disappoint. The inside is as, if not more, incredible and unusual as the outside. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

As a non-religious person the cathedral probably didn't hold such significance for me. But the architecture is so astounding and unique one can still see the beauty. It's a deffo must-see for both religious and non-religious visitors as it is probably unlike any other religious building you've encountered.

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